Chichester worker gears up for cycle challenge

A MAN from Chichester has geared up for an Marks and Spencer cycle challenge to raise funds for a number of cancer charities.

Richie Ainger, 25, who works at M&S in Chichester, is cycling 400 miles in a straight 24 hours to raise funds.

On Saturday, 600 M&S employees will take part in the ‘Bike 400 Cycle Challenge’ at the Prodrive Race Track in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The Le Mans-inspired 24-hour endurance event will see employees competing in teams of four, with each cyclist individually peddling for six hours and covering 100 miles around the track.

The cycle challenge is the stores’s biggest charity endurance challenge to date.

Each lap of the circuit will help M&S raise crucial funds in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer (GB), Action Cancer (NI) and the Marie Keating Foundation (ROI).

Richie is taking on the challenge single-handedly and will cycle the 400 miles himself in a bid to raise vital funds for the three charities.

A host of various fundraising activities will be taking place at all M&S stores from 1st June to 31st August 2012.

Customers can also make donations and sponsor individual cyclists online via the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/teams/BIKE400EnduranceChallenge