A NIGHT out with friends has sparked a charity challenge which will see a team of cyclists race to ride 500 miles in 84 hours.
Craig Walker, 38, is relying on “bloody-mindedness” to get him through the gruelling relay race, which was devised during a night out at a pub.
The novice cyclist, from Heage, will travel in relay with his colleagues from tool firm Nikko Kothi, in a bid to raise £7,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
He only started training in January for the Lands End to John O’Groats ride and said he is more used to cycling round Carsington Water than across the length of the country.
“This idea seemed very plausible at the time we were in the pub and a few people sort of volunteered,” Craig, who also lived in Belper for 10 years, said.
“In the cold light of day the volunteers dwindled but it was resurrected and here we are. It is only now that it is dawning on us just how tough this challenge will be both mentally and physically.
“I am more used to leisurely bike rides, but I did complete my first 90-mile bike last weekend.”
Craig’s colleagues – John Morris, Rob Carter and Chris Wood – will be joining him on the ride.
They will be cycling in pairs, in four-hour stints and with one rider scheduled to change over every two hours.
Each of the four cyclists will complete approximately 500 miles.
“Our lives have all been affected by cancer in one way or another so we have decided that we would like to give any donations received to Macmillan Cancer Support, who do a tremendous job in providing support when it is most needed by people and their families suffering from cancer,” Craig added.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/jogle84