MP conquers tough charity bike ride

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IT WAS ‘on your bike’ for Hucknall’s Conservative MP, Mark Spencer, when he completed a gruelling marathon challenge.

For Mr Spencer cycled 170 miles from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast — all for a good cause.

His aim was to raise money for the Nottingham Breast Institute through sponsorship and his total at present stands at just under £2,000.

He was among a team of nearly 50 who attempted the ride, all for the same charity. “If the others have been as well supported as myself, a very big total will be forthcoming,” said Mr Spencer.

“It was hard work and I was very pleased to be cycling with other people rather than on my own,” he said. “We were able to keep giving each other encouragement to carry on.”

“The ride took place over three days and it was very hard work.

“Hills seemed like mountains as we pedalled up and up into the Yorkshire Moors.

“But it was a great relief when we came back down to sea level and we thought at the end that it had all been well worthwhile. We had a warm glow when we completed the challenge.”

He added that he lost nearly six pounds in weight as a result of his strenuous efforts.

“I used to cycle as a teenager but did not keep it up because of work and family commitments,” said Mr Spencer. “I thought the ride would be a great way to raise money for charity, see some spectacular scenery and improve my fitness.”

Mr Spencer had a special reason for taking on the big ride. It was by way of a tribute to a friend who lost a brave battle against breast cancer last October. The husband, son and sister of the woman who died were members of the cycling team.

“I felt very tired afterwards,” said Mr Spencer. “But I want to keep on cycling now I have taken it up again.”

He has been thinking of taking part in the 31st E.ON Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride, to be held on Sunday.

The breast institute gives a full service for hospital out-patients.

n OUR PHOTO shows Mr Spencer in training for the ride — DISPIC NHUD12-10621