Cyclists from Kettering are warming up for an Olympic-flavoured charity venture this weekend.
A team from C&D Cycles, a cycling club formed from the shop of the same name in Montagu Street, is taking part in the London-Surrey 100 on Sunday, August 10, on behalf of WellChild.
They will be joined by a Kettering man bidding to raise money for Cancer Research in memory of his mum and other family members.
Rich McNab, 30, a new cyclist who has been welcomed along to training sessions by the club, said: “I had thought about doing something in memory of my mum for years but now I’m a dad it’s made me think about her a bit more. I lost my mum when I was a boy, my dad, three grandparents and an uncle. I have another uncle and a rugby pal who have had cancer and thankfully they beat it.”
Rich broke his leg playing rugby for Kettering RFC earlier this year, but has recovered in time to take on the challenge. He will line up alongside about a dozen from C&D Cycles, which has recently affiliated with British Cycling.
Manager Andy Ferguson said: “Some have done 60 or 70 miles before, some have done longer, but for a few of them 100 miles will be their longest ride.”
WellChild helps youngsters with complex or long-term health conditions, and Mr Ferguson added: “We have all got kids and the organisation helps those struggling for many reasons.”
The event starts at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, going via Box Hill in Surrey before finishing on the Mall. To sponsor Rich, log on to www.justgiving.com/Rich-McNab and to donate to the C&D Cycles cause go to www.justgiving.com/teams/CDCC.