On their bikes for charity ride

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FOUR friends got on their bikes to pedal 45 miles and provide a boost for the UK’s leading charity supporting people affected by strokes.

Bourne man Dayle Lane (21) hopes to have raised over £500 for the Stroke Association after doing a sponsored ride from Bourne to Skegness.

It’s the second year running Dayle and friends Daniel Woodland, Eloise Reader and Emily Holmes have tackled the ride – inspired by the support Dayle’s nan, 74-year-old Bourne woman Daphne Cook, received after she suffered a stroke.

They knocked over ten minutes off last year’s time – finishing in four hours 41 minutes – and will have raised more money than last year, too.

Dayle said “We had a few aches and pains when we’d finished, but we’re really proud – and we’ll be even prouder when we’ve collected all the money in.

“We all fell asleep in the car going home afterwards – we were so shattered.”

Although four riders set out, Emily (20), of Leofric Drive, Bourne, felt ill after 30 miles and had to pull out – but she was still able to greet the riders in Skegness at the end of their marathon effort.

Dayle added: “Emily wasn’t feeling too good when she had to drop out – but apart from that, and just one puncture, it went very well.”

The quartet set out from Bourne’s Anglia Co-operative store in the Burghley Centre, where Dayle and Daniel work. Colleagues boosted the final total raised by staging in-store games and collections.

Dayle, of Ancaster Road, hopes to make it an annual event – with even more riders joining himself, Daniel (20), of Waterloo Drive, Morton, Eloise (20), of Wisteria Way, Bourne, and Emily.

He added: “Hopefully it can become an even bigger annual event for the Stroke Association.”

Debbie Rawlings from the Stroke Association said: “Dayle and his friends have succeeded once again – they make the challenge look easy, but I’m sure it isn’t! I think they were lucky to get away with only one puncture.

“We’re really pleased to have the team as annual supporters and look forward to working with them next year.

“The money raised will help us continue to work with stroke survivors and their families, decision makers, and researchers to get stroke the attention it deserves as the major cause of severe disability and the third biggest killer in the UK.”