Sutton cyclist plans 300 mile charity ride

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A Sutton man is undertaking a gruelling 300 mile cycle ride in his latest attempt to raise money for a cancer charity.

Chris Clarke, of Huthwaite Road, aims to cross the country in his marathon fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Chris, 53 will take the train to Liverpool on 14th April, and then cycle all the way to Skegness on the 210 mile coast to coast leg of his journey.

He will then cycle the 90 miles to Kirkby, aiming to return to the Wyvern Social Club, Kirkby at 3pm on 21st April.

The keen cyclist said: “It will be quite a challenge with just me and the bike - there will be no back up.”

He has already raised thousands for the charity on charity walks over the past two years.

Chris is appealing for sponsorship and has distributed 25 Macmillan charity bottles in pubs in Sutton and Kirkby, which have already raised £700.

There will be a fundraising auction and raffles on his return, with a host of prizes including a football signed by the Manchester United team.

Father of two Chris lost his own father Vic Clarke to lung cancer.

He said: “I lost my dad 16 years ago and as soon as you lose your dad, things start to change.

“Your family doesn’t feel as strong and I lost my role model.

“I used to take time off to go with him to hospital, and I knew when it wasn’t to be long. Losing my father crucified me.

He said: “I have mates who have lost their parents and I know other people who have cancer too.

“ They have all said the Macmillan nurses are such a brilliant thing.”

Chris raised £198 for the charity at Morrisons at Kirkby and on 5th April, he will be at the Idlewells Centre in Sutton.

Sponsor Chris on http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-ClarkeLeeds