Rev-ed up for cycle ride

Pictured is Phil Batchford, right, and pals who are taking on a charity cycling challenge.
Pictured is Phil Batchford, right, and pals who are taking on a charity cycling challenge.
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A trio of reverends from Sheffield are taking on a 960-mile cycle ride to raise thousands for a food waste scheme.

Phil Batchford, of The Vine at Upperthorpe, Graham Duncan, of St Mary’s at Bramall Lane and Harry Steele, of St Peter’s at Greenhill, will be using pedal power to support the FoodCycle charity by riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Rev Batchford said: “We run FoodCycle schemes in the city at The Vine and at The Baptist Church, on Cemetery Road, and we’re planning to launch one at St Peter’s and this is all being overseen by St Mary’s.

“FoodCycle schemes involve volunteers using waste food from supermarkets and other retailers to cook up vegetarian lunches served as community meals and this supports the fight against poverty and food wastage.”

The trio will also be camping along the gruelling route and hope to raise around £5,000 for the scheme.

The three reverends aim to complete their challenge - which starts on June 27 - within 12 days and have been training hard with rides of up to 100 miles. They are calling for businesses to donate kit for their ride.

n To help call Rev Batchford on 07722 984837. Visit FoodCycle Sheffield to sponsor the reverends.