Saddling up for cycling marathon

Richard Oldham, Mick Campbell and Derrick Oldham who are doing a cycle from Lands End to John O Groats for the MS Trust
Richard Oldham, Mick Campbell and Derrick Oldham who are doing a cycle from Lands End to John O Groats for the MS Trust

THREE keen cyclists are preparing to saddle up for the MS Trust.

Mick Campbell, and brothers Derrick Oldham, a police officer from Hove Edge, and Richard Oldham, who is a lecturer from Outlane, will be taking on the 936 miles cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats over two-weeks to raise money for the charity, which is close to their hearts.

The challenge which will start on March 31 is a significant step up for all three of the cyclists, the biggest ride any of them have previously done is 250 miles over a number of days.

Mick, who lives in Brighouse, said he had always wanted to do the cycle on his 50th birthday which was back in December but due to a number of issues with his knee he has had to delay it. “I have decided I am going to do it in my 50th year now and I am dragging Richard and Derrick along for the ride,” he said. “We always wanted to do the cycle for charity and decided on the MS Trust because Richard’s wife, Alex was diagnosed with it 12 years ago.”

The trio will be supported by Derrick’s partner Kim Smith and son Matthew, and Alex and their son Cy.

The group is hoping to hire a vehicle and is currently looking for corporate sponsors to help pay for that and fuel. “We are hoping that if we can get the sponsorship for the vehicle then any money we do raise goes straight to the charity,” said Mick. “We have approached Brighouse High who have agreed to let us give two assemblies about MS and to show them the turbo bikes and the bikes we will be using. We have tied in a competition to cycle as far as they can and they have agreed to donate some money towards our cause with a non-uniform day.”

The trio have been busy training for the challenge with 60 miles cycles around Yorkshire and further afield. “We have been training seriously for six months. We all cycle most weekends anyway on our mountain bikes but this is more road biking,” said Mick, who is an engineer.

The cyclists will do 12 days of cycling, averaging 80 miles per day, and have two days to rest. Mick said: “We just want to raise awareness and money at the same time. We are very excited but apprehensive because we are thinking about how far we have to cycle.”

Their target is £2,000 and they have already raised a staggering £500 for the MS Trust which provides invaluable support for MS sufferers and really makes a difference to people’s lives.

If people would like to help the trio then visit www.justgiving.com/richard-oldham