Darren’s tyred – but delighted!

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A BRIGHOUSE cyclist has completed the challenge of riding 150 miles through Holland to raise money for Overgate Hospice.

Darren Martin, 45, helped raise £853 as he completed the gruelling race in nine hours and 43 minutes.

He has been well supported by local businesses in Brighouse.

Milry’s restaurant offered a three course meal and a bottle of wine for two lucky people who had sponsored him and guessed the closest time that Darren would complete the race.

The lucky winner of the meal was Darren’s work colleague Mick Cooling who said it was a great achievement what he had done.

Darren has also had support from VS cycles who helped set up his bike for the race and the Barge pub who helped get sponsors.

Darren said he couldn’t thank everyone enough for the support and that the trip was well worth it.

“The amount raised is a lot more than I expected and I can’t thank the people who have sponsored me,” he said.

“It’s great to know that the people of Brighouse have been very supportive as well as the businesses in the town.

“The race was very wet and windy for the first 100 miles but it got a bit easier for the last 50.

“Hopefully with a bit more planning I can do an even bigger challenge and raise more money for Overgate in the future.”

Caroline Bone from the Overgate Hospice said: “It’s tremendous what Darren has done for us,” she said.

“Some people think we are funded through the government which we are not. It costs £250 a day to complete our tasks at work so we need all the support we can get.

“Without people like Darren supporting and fund raising for us we would not be able to keep going.”