IT’S TIME to put your faith into cycling and raise money for charity.
The fifth Pedal for Primus sponsored cycle ride is once again looking for people to sign up.
It gives people the chance to bike from Portsmouth Football Club, on to Reading’s ground then Aldershot’s, before heading back.
The 170-mile round trip raises money for the Faith and Football charity.
Linvoy Primus, who helped set up the cause, took part in the cycle ride last year.
He said he looks forward to this year’s challenge.
‘I’m excited and looking forward to it starting again,’ he said.
‘The atmosphere is always great and above all raises funds.
‘Each year I’m overwhelmed by the number of people that show interest in the ride.’
This year’s ride is being sponsored by Spirit Circuits, in Aston Road, Waterlooville.
Company co-owner Lee Lloyd, 45, will be cycling to Aldershot and back.
He said: ‘I first got involved when my wife asked me to join in a cycle ride last year.
‘She didn’t do it in the end, but I did.
‘It was hard work, but it was good at the same time.
‘It brings people together and also raises money for a good cause.
‘It gives young people things that they may not have got.
‘Things I think my children have.’
Lee will be taking part with three other colleagues – Steve Driver, 50, Nick Orr, 46, and Bob Carter, 45.
‘We will be doing the whole distance,’ added Lee.
‘And even though it says 170 miles, it’s always longer.
‘But then you’re in it together and you remember why you’re doing it and it makes it better.’
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.
Around £15,000 is raised each year.
The money goes towards the charity’s community and education programmes.
The event starts on September 7 and finishes on September 9.
In all, 50 people aged 18 or over can take part.
For more information on the fundraiser, go to faithandfootball.org.uk.