Friends’ three-day Sports Relief ride

Staff at Sports Direct in Shirebrook are set to raise funds for Sports Relief by taking part in a 147 mile ride from Newcastle to Shirebrook starting on 26th March and a 28 mile circular ride through Buxton. Pictured from the left are; Sarah Michalewska, Assistant Manager, Jhodie Hard, Footwear Manager and Sales Assistants Rikki Johnson and Shaun Heneghan.
Staff at Sports Direct in Shirebrook are set to raise funds for Sports Relief by taking part in a 147 mile ride from Newcastle to Shirebrook starting on 26th March and a 28 mile circular ride through Buxton. Pictured from the left are; Sarah Michalewska, Assistant Manager, Jhodie Hard, Footwear Manager and Sales Assistants Rikki Johnson and Shaun Heneghan.

FOUR friends from Sports Direct in Shirebrook are gearing up for a mammoth charity cycle ride to raise money for Sports Relief.

Sales assistants Rikki Johnson (20) and Shaun Heneghan (21) will be saddling up alongside manager Jhodie Hard (30) and assistant manager Sarah Michalewska to cycle between the Sports Direct Arena (St James’ Park) in Newcastle and the Shirebrook branch of the sports store.

They will attempt the 142-mile, three-day ride from 26th March and the route will take them near Harrogate, Castleford and onto Mansfield.

Rikki, from Warsop, says he is looking forward to the challenge and is hoping they can raise at least £1,000 for Sports Relief, which helps underprivileged young people in the UK and across the world.

“We’ve been told that it’s a tough challenge because we are amateur cyclists, but we’re looking forward to it,” he said.

“We’ve started training by riding from Warsop to Clumber Park and back again and we’re slowly building up the distance - we thought cycling from Newcastle would be appropriate (with businessman Mike Ashley owning Newcastle United FC and Sports Direct)”.

Sports Direct is also holding other fundraising activities including cake sales, bike rides and fancy dress.

l To sponsor Rikki and Jhodie visit http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/rikkijohnson or http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/jhodielee.