January 13, 2014 11.26 am This story is over 93 months old

Lincoln charity wanted for cycle challenge

Have your say: Applications are open for the Number 4 Group Charity Cycle Event, and readers are encouraged to nominate a local charity.

Lincoln training, recruitment and security firm The Number 4 Group are inviting active fundraisers to go the distance in a charity challenge.

In partnership with the UK fitness charity Active Nation, the group have arranged for a team of around 80 participants to hop aboard a spinning cycle to cover a collective distance of 874 miles – the equivalent of a ride from John o’Groats to Land’s End.

Ahead of the event, scheduled for February 10-14, organisers are asking readers of The Lincolnite to nominate a local charity in the comments on the site and on Facebook.

A deserving charity will then be chosen from those suggested to benefit from the money raised, alongside Active Nation in affiliation with Yarborough Leisure Centre.

The group are looking for 80 cyclists to apply for a one hour slot. In order to hit the target, participants must cover 174 miles a day.

Lincoln fundraisers will cycle a total of 874 miles, the equivalent distance between John o'Groats and Land's End. Infographic: The Number 4 Group

Lincoln fundraisers will cycle a total of 874 miles, the equivalent distance between John o’Groats and Land’s End. Infographic: The Number 4 Group

On the day, fundraisers will take to two spinning bikes placed at The Number 4 Group’s reception on Mint Street, Lincoln.

Jimmy Claffey, Project Manager at The Number 4 Group, said: “After the work Christmas break we were all discussing how our bodies were suffering and we came to the conclusion that we needed to do something about it.

“Pretty soon we had organised a challenge that was challenging, fun and promoted a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s our intention to give all donations to charity. 50% to Active Nation, to aid their passion to encourage the nation to be active.

“The other 50% to a Lincoln based charity, chosen by the people of Lincoln. I have confidence that the public will make a great decision.”

Active Nation’s Contract Manager for Lincoln, Stuart Blackbourn, said: “As a charity we are on a mission to persuade the nation to be active.

“When we heard about The Number 4 Group Charity Cycle Event we couldn’t wait to jump on board, show our support, loan them some bikes and come along for the ride.”

Sponsorship forms will be provided for all who wish to take part, with a minimum contribution of £5 per cyclist.

You can visit the official challenge page here for more information and to complete an application form.

You can also make charity recommendations via The Number 4 Group’s Facebook page.

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