Linvoy hopes pedal power will net his charity thousands

RIDING CHALLENGE Linvoy Primus with his cycling fundraisers. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122948-2)

RIDING CHALLENGE Linvoy Primus with his cycling fundraisers. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122948-2)

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THESE fundraisers have put their faith into cycling as they set off on a 170-mile route for charity.

Pompey legend Linvoy Primus was at the helm of the annual Faith and Football fundraiser.

In all 34 cyclists lined up at Fratton Park to take part in the fifth Pedal for Primus challenge yesterday morning.

The fundraisers left the home of Pompey and headed off to Reading’s ground, before going to Aldershot’s.

Linvoy, who helped set up the cause, was taking part again this year.

He said: ‘I’m nervous and excited, but the sun is shining on us and it’s always good fun.

‘I know what to expect and it can get quite tough, but there’s always a good feeling in the camp and we all support each other.’

Hoping to raise the profile of the charity, cyclist Steve Porter, 48, dressed up as cartoon pooch Scooby Doo.

Steve, who owns bakery Cottage Loaf, in Lee-on-the-Solent, and will be cycling on a tandem bike alone, said: ‘I dressed up as Scooby Doo because hopefully people will ask questions and then I can tell them about the charity.

‘I did have a friend that was going to join me on the tandem bike.

‘But he pulled out, so instead I’ve put a skeleton on there.

‘I took part in the event two years ago, and it was a lot of fun. It’s a great idea and raises money for a good cause.’

And still carrying scars from last year’s event was Graham Farr.

Graham, 55, of Wisborough Road, works for Faith and Football and is a part time postman.

He said: ‘This is the fourth time I’m doing it.

‘I crashed last year and still have a scar, but I’m back again. The charity really helps the children on our various projects and that’s why I’m taking part.

‘It can be hard work, but it’s fun too.’

Cyclists can choose whether they go to Aldershot, or turn around after reaching Reading.

Each night food and accommodation will be provided, so that all money raised in sponsorship goes to the charity.

Those going the full distance are expected to arrive back to Fratton Park at around 3pm on Sunday.

Usually around £15,000 is raised each year, which goes towards the charity’s community and education programmes.

To find out more go to faithandfootball.org.uk

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