Lincolnshire Echo Online (16 June 2014)
A Lincolnshire accountant is hoping to cycle 100 miles for charity next week – on a hirebike.
Simon Hall, of Nicholsons Chartered Accountants in Hykeham, will be using a hirebike – one of Lincoln’s new rental bikes – to complete the Castle to Coast to Castle (C2C2C) charity bike ride on June 26.
The C2C2C ride is organised by cyclists from four Lincoln businesses, and involves a 100 mile return trip from Lincoln to Chapel St Leonard’s.
So far 350 people have registered to take part.
Simon said: “Our cycling group had been talking about how we could promote the cycling club and activities and in particular raise the profile of our weekly rides from the office.
“We wanted to come up with an idea that would promote leisurely riding which is a key value of our club and riding the 100 miles on a hirebike seemed to fit the bill.”
Lincolnshire County Council’s Access LN6 Team has provided support for the event, in the form of hirebike credit for Simon’s training.
Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Councillor for Highways and Transportation at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’ve been working with Nicholsons for the past six months and were delighted when Simon told us about his plans to complete the C2C2C ride on a hirebike.
“We are really pleased to be able to support Nicholsons in preparing for the challenge and wish them the best of luck for the ride.”
One of the event’s organisers, Jack O’Hern from Wright Vigar, said: “Unfortunately too much time sitting in an office makes us all candidates for an early visit to the hospital, so we had the idea of organising a bike ride for the business community to train for, and also have a bit of fun, whilst avoiding the ills of a sedentary lifestyle.
“I think the hirebike idea of Simon’s is a great idea – exactly in the spirit of C2C2C.”
Alongside raising money in sponsorship, cyclists taking part make a £30 donation towards charities selected by the event organisers.
Last year’s event raised £15000.
The two charities supported this year will be Cyclists Fighting Cancer and Different Strokes. Cyclists taking part can also choose their own charities to support.