A CLITHEROE businessman is in training for a 960-mile charity bike ride across Britain.
Mark Edlington Booth (39), of West Bradford, will be take part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain charity bike ride, cycling approximately 960 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats over nine days, setting off on September 8th.
The distance is the equivalent of more than 17 times up the Alpe d’Huez and four times the amount of climbing involved in La Marmotte in the Alps.
As part of his intensive training and to promote the ride, Mark will be cycling 100 miles, on rollers, in his shop Onward and Outward, King Street, Clitheroe, this Sunday.
Customers will be invited to guess the time it will take him to complete the 100 miles and the person who guesses the closest time will win an item of Mountain Equipment clothing.
Any money that Mark raises through donations and sponsorship of the ride will go to his chosen charities Help the Heroes and The Legacy Rainbow House (www.thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com).
Mark can be sponsored at http://www.justgiving.com/Marks-RAB-2012 or donations can be made directly at Onward and Outward.
Mark, who is also an outdoor pursuits instructor, said: “I like to set myself challenges; it gives me a goal to aim for and helps me focus my training. I turn 40 in August so I needed a challenge to meet this milestone and Lands End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) is something I’ve read about and always fancied.”
He added: “Training for such an epic ride is quite intense and trying to get the required miles in has been difficult, but thanks to the guys at Clitheroe Bike Club I’ve had good company on my training rides.
“You need to train in all weathers because the good old British weather is so unpredictable and I won’t be guaranteed good weather on the route.
“When the weather has been too bad I’ve managed to keep my fitness levels up with an intense cardio and resistance program set by the excellent coaches down at CrossFit Clitheroe, helping me develop the core strength which many people neglect when riding.”