Charity ride completed by Mamils

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FOUR men completed a gruelling 980-mile cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for charity.

The team nicknamed themselves the ‘Middle Aged Men in Lycra’, or Mamils for short, and they finished their ride in 12 days.

Nic Christie, 49, from Cosham, Colin McGregor, 49, from Stubbington and Pete Phillips, 47, from Hayling, organised the event to raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer, Prostate Cancer UK and World Bicycle Relief.

These charities were chosen as they hold great personal significance to the men. World Bicycle Relief gives bikes to students, teachers and education workers in rural Africa, and the cyclists have all had experiences with cancer.

Nic’s mother passed away from bowel cancer last year, Colin lost his father to cancer and Pete’s friend recently died after a fight with prostate cancer.

With the help of friend, Dave Wilkinson, who drove the support vehicle, the men completed the ride on May 29.

Nic cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End two years ago and wanted to go back the other way.

He said: ‘This latest event was very difficult at times but we were inspired to continue by memories of those they have lost to cancer, and those who were still fighting.’

The team is considering getting back on the bikes for another charity bike ride – northern France to southern France. The ride would be in aid of the same charities, and Dave, the team’s driver, may be dropping the car in favour of a bike the next time around.

Nic thanked all those who donated and sponsored, particularly the Co-op, and he used a quote from T.S Elliot to summarise the event.

This latest event was very difficult at times but we were inspired to continue by memories of those they have lost to cancer, and those who were still fighting.

Nic Christie, 49, from Cosham

He said: ‘Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go’.

The team raised £202 in Fareham Shopping Centre before the ride, which helped them break their target of £5,000. To donate go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com