Oulton Broad cyclist’s latest ride is a personal crusade

Mike Rainton on his bike.

Mike Rainton on his bike. - Credit: Archant

He has already cycled the length of Britain seven times for charity.

But one Oulton Broad man is saddling up for another bike ride – as he embarks on a new and much more personal crusade.

Mike Rainton is well known locally having completed the fully supported Lands End to John O'Groats (LEJOG) ride – cycling the 874-mile distance in six days – meaning he had overcome the classic 'end-to-end' ride seven times in as many years.

The retired Lowestoft College lecturer is now preparing for another cycling challenge next month (July).

Mr Rainton and a team of five other family members and friends will be taking part in the Blackpool to Manchester 60-mile ride on July 10 to support The Christie – a specialist cancer hospital in Manchester – for the care given to Mike's grandson Robby.

Mr Rainton said: 'In 2014 my grandson Robby, aged 18, was diagnosed with cancer, something which came as a huge shock and worry for us all. 'Fortunately, Robby has received wonderful support and care from The Christie, which has resulted in his treatment progressing well. My son Stephen wanted to give something back.'

The team of six will include Mr Rainton's son Stephen, daughter Alison and three of Stephen's friends.

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Mr Rainton said: 'Through Virgin Money Giving you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to The Christie. We really appreciate your support and thank you for the donations.'

? Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/RidingforRobby to pledge support.

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