Charity bike ride proves a winner for young Beau

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A fundraising event to raise money for a local boy with cancer has been a roaring success.

Last December, Beau Bentley was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that grows in fibrous tissues around the body. As a result he has had a series of serious operations.

His uncle Joe Jordan decided to help his nephew by organising a sponsored cycle challenge aboard a Brittany Ferry travelling from Portsmouth to Caen.

The aim of the event was to cycle the 226-mile journey distance on static bikes faster than the ferry itself.

Just under £500 was raised on board alone, bringing the running total to around £3,500.

Martin Rule, who works with Joe, beat the ship on both legs of the trip, completing the outbound journey in 5hrs 10 min and beating his own time on the way back, taking just 4hrs 40min. Martin burnt off approximately 7643 calories in the process.

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