Nottingham police ride 200 miles for charity close to their hearts

In a ride of a life time four police officers and a control room operator will embark on a 200-mile bike ride on Saturday 20 May to raise money for Cancer research UK and are due to land back in Nottinghamshire on Sunday 21 may 2017.


PC Dave Dennis, PC Rich Naylor, PC Martyn Barber, PC Simon Farndale and Control Room Operator Laura Harmer have collectively raised £8,000 since 2013 for various charities and this will be their latest escapade into endurance cycling.

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The ride starts at Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire and winds its way over the North Yorkshire Moors to the Humber Bridge, through Lincolnshire and finishes at the South Forest Leisure Centre in Edwinstowe.

Joining the five riders at Collingham, four others with also be hopping on their bikes and riding the final 50 miles. Tim Wildgust, Mark Spencer, Charlotte Naylor and Sophie Dickinson will take on the half century challenge and bring home the group in style.

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping will be popping along to a drinks stop in Collingham on Sunday morning making sure the weary riders are well hydrated and wishing them well for the final push.

The cause is particularly close to the group of riders. Rich Naylor, who is hoping to complete the full 200 mile ride, had an operation to remove some cancerous lymph glands in September 2016. Tim Wildgust, President of the Sherwood Forest Rotary Club and completing the 50 mile ride, is supporting his wife, Karen, following her diagnosis in 2016.

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PC Dave Dennis said “We all know someone who has been affected by this terrible illness. Some of the riders have lost close family members to cancer and we need to keep plugging away at it!

“200 miles in 24 hours is not going to be easy but it is going to be worth it! It’s a huge challenge for all of us and one that we hope will raise some funds for such a worthy cause.

“Finally, a special thanks to Tuxford Exports Shipping Service based in Calverton who donated so generously and helped enormously in getting the ride off the ground.” If you wish to follow the team’s progress please ‘like’ them on Facebook at Sherwood Forest Rotary Charity Bike Challenge 2017 or follow them on Twitter @shore2sherwood

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