Librarian in 300-mile cycle ride for charity

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A librarian is leaving her books behind to embark on a 300-mile bike ride in three days.

Senior librarian at Mayville High School in Southsea, Sam Hardcastle, is taking part in The Big Pompey Ride which will see her and a group of 29 men cycle from York Football Stadium back to Portsmouth over a three-day period.

Sam started in York on Wednesday and team members are already on course to raise £25,000 with a target of £32,000.

Sam said: ‘I’m doing it because I want to see more women involved in sport. I only started taking part in triathlons two years 

‘I’m not Paula Radcliffe or anything special, but if one girl says “if Miss can do it so can I” then I’ll be really pleased.

‘I also saw what the cyclists did last year with everyone coming together for a common cause.

‘I have lived in many places but the sense of community in Portsmouth based around the football club is incredible.

‘The money we all raise this time will be shared between seven charities.’

The charities include The Elizabeth Foundation, Kit bags and Berets, and Harbour Cancer Support.

‘When not working or spending time with my family, I am also a level 1 triathlon coach so I’m certainly not on the team as the token girl,’ added Sam.

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