800 miles in 80 hours for ‘mad’ riders

Kieran O'Malley and Pete Stott
Kieran O'Malley and Pete Stott
Pupils from Cliffdale Primary Academy

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TWO friends will push themselves to the limit when they take part in a staggering 800-mile bike ride in under four days.

Kieran O’Malley, 47, and Pete Stott, 48, are taking part in Paris-Brest-Paris ride in France later this month.

But the pair are endurance riding veterans and have had to complete other gruelling events to even qualify for the chance to take part in this awesome feat.

They will be using the ride to raise money for two charities, the Mary Rose special school in Milton, Portsmouth, and Fanconi Hope which funds research into Fanconi anaemia, a rare genetic disorder which can lead to bone marrow failure and cancer.

Pete, of Essex Road, Southsea, said: ‘It has taken up a large amount of my time. We have worked very hard and been training seriously over the past three years.’

The father-of-three added: ‘My kids all think it’s complete madness, but I think there might also be a bit of pride in there as well.

‘It’s going to be twice as far as we’ve been before.’

Pete is fundraising for the school after it was recommended by a friend who is a special needs teacher.

And he has since made several visits to the school – including to give an assembly.

Kieran, of The Glebe in Stubbington, added: ‘I was just looking for a challenge and so was my friend. It started with a 100km ride and then one thing led to another.

‘We’ve done 400 miles in 40 hours, but this one only happens every four years so we’ve been building up to it for three years. It’s going to be a long time in the saddle.’

He picked Fanconi Hope after becoming friends with the charity’s chairman.

The event is not a competition and the only race is against the clock – they have just 80 hours.

More than 5,000 riders from across the world will take part, but they get no support en route – everything they want to use, they will have to carry.

Sponsor them at justgiving.com/Kieran-O-Malley or everyclick.com/pbp_2011/info.