Firefighters’ cycle attempt

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A DETERMINED team of Sheffield firefighters are preparing for a tough challenge –cycling the length of the country to raise cash for charitable causes.

The six riders and support driver are pushing themselves in aid of charity Cancer Research UK and in support of their injured colleague Gavin Walker, who was confined to a wheelchair after a fall in January.

Setting off on May 13, they hope to finish the gruelling 874-mile marathon ride in just nine days, sleeping in fire stations along the route.

One of the group, Mark Wild, aged 38, of Mansfield Road station, said: “We’ve been training around Derbyshire and riding to Nottingham.

“We’re a bit worried about getting saddle-sore, but fitness-wise we’ll be all right. It’ll be the mental challenge which will be tough.”

Joining Mark from his station is Patrick Renshaw, Russell Sanderson and Tony Batty, with two more riders from Low Edges Fire Station, Nick Holbrook and Paul Holbrook.

The support minibus, loaned from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, is being driven by Matt Winslow from Darnall Station.

The group are appealing for donations and supplies to help them on their way, such as food, bicycle spare parts and fuel costs.

Visit www.justgiving.com/blazing-saddles2011.