Friends in training for 2,500km cycle marathon

On your bike...Sam Mansfield and James Barry will be cycling 2,500km for charity.
On your bike...Sam Mansfield and James Barry will be cycling 2,500km for charity.

A PAIR of best friends and workmates are set to embark on the challenge of their lives – cycling 2,500km for charity.

Sam Mansfield and James Barry, both 21 years old, are preparing to get in gear and cycle from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to Tarifa, in southern Spain, on July 10.

The duo, who have worked together at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury for five years, are hoping they can complete the epic 1,550-mile journey in just 15 days, cycling around 166km (103 miles) a day.

Sam, who lives in Clarence Road, said the idea for their challenge came about after his girlfriend’s 12-year-old brother, Louis Wright, was struck down with leukaemia last year and they will be raising money for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.

“Louis’s illness really hit his family hard,” said Sam.

“Luckily, he underwent intensive treatment and is now on the road to recovery.”

The duo, who are both studying at university, have been training hard for the challenge since February.

“Neither of us has ever done anything like this before and we’re excited and apprehensive,” added Sam.

Sam and James, who lives at Kings Hill, will be completing an all-day cycle, from 6.30am to 10pm, at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre on July 5 to raise awareness of their cause.

Anyone wishing to donate to the challenge fund should visit www.justgiving.com/sam-mansfield.