Cyclist hits his big-ride target

Pete Campbell
Pete Campbell

A FORMER footballer who captained one of the Dispatch district’s most historic clubs has reached his fundraising target for a gruelling London-to-Paris bike-ride — FIVE MONTHS before he sets off.

PETE CAMPBELL (pictured) was skipper of Linby Colliery Welfare for two years but retired from the game last summer because of work and family commitments.

The 34-year-old, of Watnall, is now working towards his tough charity-challenge as part of the Christian Aid initiative, ‘On Your Bike To Poverty’.

Pete set himself a target of collecting £1,300 (the minimum sponsorship amount) before taking on the ride in July.

He has achieved his aim through a series of fundraising initiatives, including sales of sporting memorabilia on the website, ebay.

Pete’s son has also donated his old toys to be sold on, while a football quiz raised more than £100, with one entry from as far afield as Portsmouth.

The stunt that sent the total past the £1,300 mark was a sponsored leg-shave that Pete revealed also turned into a wax!

“The total has now reached nearly £1,500,” said Pete. “I will keep on pushing for more donations.”

Pete will set off on the ride on Wednesday July 18 and aims to complete the 284 miles in four days. If all goes to plan, he will arrive in Paris in time to see the Tour De France make its final laps of the Champs Elysees.

He is aiming to complete the gruelling ride on his 20-year-old Raleigh Flyer bike, on which he first took up cycling as a teenager.