Round-the-clock bike-ride — in the pub!

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SADDLE-sore staff and regulars at the William Peverel pub in Bulwell raised a glass after collecting more than £700 during a sponsored exercise-bike marathon.

The riders cycled for a total of 24 hours over three days and covered a distance of 358 miles.

The static bike was set up in the Wetherspoons’ pub on Main Street. The cash will be split between two children’s charities, one local and one national.

Locally, the Bulwell Community Toy Library, of Squires Avenue, will benefit to help it continue providing toys and games for rent to Bulwell families.

Nationally, part of the money will go to CLIC Sargent, which is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

As part of the exercise-bike ride, some drinkers and local businesses took on stints in the saddle to boost the fundraising.

On the last day, staff donned fancy dress and were transformed into Hawaiian hula girls, complete with coconut bras.

Kurt Hatton, of the William Peverel, said: “Each person was able to cycle for as many 15-minute slots as they wanted.

“They were on an exercise bikes so there was no risk of getting lost!

“No-one had difficulty in raising money for the charities we’ve been supporting, and we also put up a bottle of champagne for the person who raised the most money.”

The William Peverel is Bulwell’s newest pub. It is housed in a former Wilkinson store, which had been left empty and had become an eyesore.

n OUR PHOTO shows Kurt in fancy-dress action on the bike, along with (from left) customer Diane Atkinson and fellow staff-members Alissia Anson and Rheanne Davie — DISPIC NHUD12-1090-1.