Cyclists gear up for Action
12:01pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
IT was pedals up as a trio of children’s charity cyclists waved goodbye to Barry Island to say hello or hola to Gibraltar.
Firefighter Mark Potter, 44, HGV driver Neil Goodrich, 48, and pest controller Matthew Price, 28, left the Island for the Rock got on their bikes for Action For Children vehicle assisted by Mark’s wife Lin, 47, who is a support worker for the charity.
The team left the resort for the 1600 mile journey, cycling at a rate of around 100 miles a day, on Friday, September 6 – cheered on by supporters, family and friends.
The trio have so far battled the elements, experienced detours and punctures, and lost – but then found – their bicycle lock keys.
They hope to raise thousands of pounds to assist the charity in its work.
Mark Potter, 44, of Barry, a firefighter at Barry fire station until recent deployment to Roath, Cardiff, said: “Action for Children do a lot in the community for disadvantaged children and young people in our communities.
“They give them opportunities for life.
“They do great work alongside families, giving them vital respite.
“They rely on donations to be able to carry out these functions so we urge you to support our cause and sponsor us on our ride, to help them secure vital equipment to enable them to carry on doing the great work that they do.”
He added: “Training has gone as well as can be and I am as confident about my fitness as I can be.”
He said fitness expert Steve Anning had been of great help in the team’s preparation.
Action for Children Ty Robin business support officer, who joined the well-wishers sending the team off, said: “They are absolutely wonderful.
“The bike ride is going to raise awareness and enable us to provide more opportunities for the service users who use Ty Robin.
“I’m in awe – 1600 miles is absolutely phenomenal.”
To sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/ridefortyrobin
Text giving, MNMM99 and a suggested amount of £2 to 70070.
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