Ken gearing up for his 280 mile pedal power

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A Brighouse man is gearing up to cycle 280 miles over three days to raise money for charity.

Ken Bearpark will be joining 30 Freemasons to cycle around the perimeter of the Yorkshire West Riding Masonic Province on August 23 for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Festival.

The journey will see Ken and his team cycling from Tapton Hall, Sheffield, to High Bentham and across to Ripon before going south through Goole and eventually returning to Sheffieled on August 25.

The RMBI Festival was launched in 2012 and has already raised over £1m for the event that runs for five years.

Ken said: “Martyn, Craig and the team have been planning every last detail since the beginning of the year, as it is quite a logistical challenge. This meant we have had plenty of warning to get fit for what will be an arduous three days in the saddle.

“Fortunately all the hilly parts are on the first day with the last stage being fairly flat.

“I am certainly looking forward to it and hope we all manage to complete the course.”

The cycle challenge was the idea of Ken’s team-mates, Martyn Bolt and Craig Johnson, who were inspired by the Tour de France and wanted to create their own version, dubbed by them as the “Tour de West Yokrshire”.