Wirral cyclist's charity trek for sick children

Wirral Globe: Michael Hughes hands over a cheque for £10,106 to Val Hogg from Action Medical Research Michael Hughes hands over a cheque for £10,106 to Val Hogg from Action Medical Research

CHARITY cyclist Michael Hughes has pedalled the equivalent of York to New York and halfway back in a 5,000-mile biking marathon for sick children this year.

And to make the feat more remarkable the 49-year-old estate agent has done the distance in aid of Action Medical Research while holding down a full time job.

Bosses at Sidney Phillips in York have been totally supportive of the Merseyside man’s astonishing efforts and have even supplied him with a comfortable cushion for his office chair in case he gets saddle sore.

Mr Hughes, who hails from New Brighton, is pictured handing over a cheque for £10,106 to Val Hogg from Action Medical Research.

Mr Hughes said: "There is still time to give before Christmas and every penny can make a difference to the lives of sick children.

"A friend from the Wirral’s sister Helen Roth died in February 2010 from meningitis – her father had passed away not long before and he was the well-respected Liverpool Echo news editor Alf Green - and I noticed a charity ride for Action Medical Research was taking place in York in August 2010.

"The publicity for the event noted that AMR were funding research into meningitis B, so I took part in the 100km ride and raised £300.

"Having completed the event I decided that I needed to continue the fundraising and raise more money for such a worthy cause.

"I decided to undertake more AMR events including the London to Paris ride in 2011.

"I augmented this ride to include York to Paris, The Brecon 100 and a repeat of the York 100.

"This time the 100s would be miles and would give me a target to complete 1,000 km in 28 days and in 2011 I raised £3500.

"I hen continued my efforts in 2012 and included the punishing Etape Alpine challenge in my charity schedule."

This event organised by AMR included 114km of Alpine cycling over 3,500m of climbing including the legendary Tour De France routes of Col du Telegraph, Col du Galibier, and finishing at the top of the infamous Alpe D'huez. Michael’s rides for 2012 raised £3300 for Action Medical Research.

He added: "I still have just over 136 miles to cover to reach my target of 5,000 miles for 2013.

"I am now up against the weather to reach it before the end of December.” Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Hughes’ marathon efforts can do so by clicking on to - www.action.org.uk/sponsor/mjdh

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