Steve to bike 350 miles

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A Nuthall man is gearing up to take on one of the most gruelling challenges of his lifetime by representing Nottinghamshire in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride.

Steve Strickland of Cedarland Avenue is training hard for the 350 mile bike ride where he will raise money for Help for Heroes.

The 54-year-old will be teaming up with 249 riders for the start which begins in Paris.

Participants will then cycle through Armistice Clearing where World War one officially ended, before going on to visit World War One grave cemeteries.

Steve, a self-employed business advisor, anticipates raising in excess of £3,000. He has had his chest waxed, held raffles and collected at Morrisons in Eastwood.

“My first memory of the armed forces came as a young boy while watching The Dambusters film with my late father Brian,” he said.

“Since that time I have always held our countries warriors in high regard.

Steve said it would be an enormous challenge for him, but it was ‘meant to be’.

“Playing Rugby has kept me fit, but cycling for six days is a whole new experience. Failing to complete the ride is not an option.

“I really do however feel honoured to be given an opportunity to do something positive to help a great cause. Thousands applied and just 250 were chosen so it was obviously meant to be.”