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Ron's charity cycle challenge

Ron was inspired to don his cyclist lycra when his daughter signed up for Blackpool Sixth Form College's annual trip to a project supporting a school in Kathmandu.  Along with his two good friends Iain Macdonald and Paul Stirk, he decided to undertake  a 100 mile cycle ride on Saturday 4 June to raise funding for the project.

Here's Ron's account of his gruelling day in the saddle.

'Training started in February and I built up to a 50 mile ride followed by frequent shorter rides. On the big day, we set off at 6.30am and pedalled in glorious sunshine through Lancaster and Morecambe where we had a photo with the great Eric Morecambe.'

Taking a tumble

It was then on to stunning countryside at  Silverdale  before we turned back at Kendal in Cumbria. All was l going well until I carried out what was to be christened 'Ron's comedy dismount'. I was catapulted over my handlebars after hitting two wooden stakes placed to stop cars going down the trail.

A good cause

Thankfully the only major damage was to my pride and we arrived home at 4.30pm, completing the ride in ten hours. I have to say it was a brilliant day and the icing on the cake was that we raised £350 which is enough to put two extra Nepalese children through ten years of schooling. Result!'

And for his next challenge? Ron is already contemplating upping the mileage to 200 miles. Watch this space...