Friends gear up for cycle bid

Pedal power ... Sam Mansfield and James Barry's 16-hour static cycle marathon raised �534.
Pedal power ... Sam Mansfield and James Barry's 16-hour static cycle marathon raised �534.
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TWO members of staff from Sudbury’s Kingfisher Leisure Centre warmed up for a 2,500km sponsored cycle to Spain with an all-day challenge.

Sam Mansfield and James Barry, both 21, pedalled from 6.30am to 10pm on a static cycle outside the centre to raise money for Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s Charitable Trust.

The friends took turns to complete one-hour shifts, covering a total of 440km over the course of the day and raising £534 in the process.

Sam said: “It was the hardest thing we have ever done physically, but it was worth it to raise the money.”

They were looking to raise awareness of the charity, which they will be supporting through a two-week sponsored cycle from Cambridge to Tarifa in southern Spain.

Sam and James, who are both university students, set off on Sunday.

The challenge was inspired by Sam’s girlfriend’s brother, 11-year-old Lewis Wright, who is recovering from leukaemia and received treatment at Addenbrooke’s.

They are hoping to raise a grand total of £1,500 for the children’s ward where Lewis was treated.

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/sam-mansfield.