A Wheatley cyclist who raised a whopping £1,100 for Cancer Research UK by cycling 200 miles in just one day said the challenge was ‘a great excuse’ to get back on his bike.
Matt Ogley, 24, of Low Street,has been ‘cycling everywhere’ since he was a child and needed only 90 hours of training to prepare for the gruelling trek.
Matt’s pre-planned route took him323 kilometres across Gainsborough, Retford, Epworth, Market Rasen and Saxilby and took 12 and a half hours to complete.
Matt, who works at Halfords in Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough, said: “I’ve been cycling everywhere for as long as I can remember so I could think of no better way to raise money for a such a good cause.
“I literally live on my bike. I used to live in Sheffield and would often get the train to Worksop before cycling on to Gainsborough to start my shift at Halfords.
“Cancer has affected a lot of residents in my village, people that I know personally- so choosing Cancer Research UK as my charity was an easy decision for me to make.
“A few people were training with me but dropped out after 120 miles.
“I kept going because there’s no better motivator than knowing you’re helping others get through a horrific time.”
“All in all it took me about 12 and a half hours to complete the challenge.”
The £1,100 Matt raised will fund scientists in their research against cancer, as well as doctors, nurses and a service that aims to provide cancer information and advice to the public.
“It sounds daft but, to be honest, it was just a great excuse to get back on my bike and push myself a bit further,” added Matt.
“Cycling is something that comes naturally to me and it’s great to know I can do something I enjoy while raising money for the people that really need it.
“I’ll definitely be doing more fundraising on my bike for Cancer Research UK in future and hope people in the area will support me in this.”
Matt is planning to cycle over 874 miles across the country from Lands End to John o’ Groats for his next fundraising endeavor.
Keep up to date with Matt’s progress and donate to a worthy cause on Matt’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/matt-ogley/
For more information on the Cancer Research UK charity visit www.cancerresearchuk.org online or call telephone number 0300 123 1022.
If you’re interested in fundraising, you can download an information pack for free to help you get started by visiting www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/do-your-own-fundraising/get-a-fundraising-pack online.