Pedalling for a good cause

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 May 2011 | UPDATED: 11:39 16 May 2011

(click on image for larger view)Mike Skidmore and Chris Mills who are doing the  London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

(click on image for larger view)Mike Skidmore and Chris Mills who are doing the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

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TWO keen cyclists will pedal 54 miles in one day in aid of a good cause next month.

Mike Skidmore and Chris Mills will leave the grass of Clapham Common in London on June 19, with the aim of reaching the pebbles of Brighton seafront before the sun goes down.

The legendary British Heart Foundation bike ride sees tens of thousands of cyclists take to the streets every June to raise million of pounds for vital research into one of the nation’s biggest killers, heart disease.

The event is the first type of sponsored cycle that 50-year-old Chris, who works for Mike at Skidmores Ltd in Worle High Street, has taken part in.

He took up cycling as a hobby a few months ago and after pedalling from his Worle home to work and back on a few occasions, he decided to go more than one step further and take part in the annual British Heart Foundation cycle.

Former Worle School pupil, 46-year-old Mike, was once a very keen cyclist, cycling hundreds of miles every weekend.

He has taken part in the London to Brighton bike ride before.

Mike, who lives in Kewstoke, said: “I still cycle as a hobby, but haven’t done such long distances on a bike in a long time.

“But I’m hopeful that Chris and I can keep up and complete the ride for such a worthy cause.”

Mike and Chris say they will be tackling some more challenging rides over the coming weeks to prepare for the event next month.

Chris added: “I’m pretty new to cycling any kind of distance, but I thought the best way to get to grips with it is to take on a challenge like this.”

To sponsor Mike or Chris go to www.justgiving.com and type in Mike SKidmore or chris docmills.

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