Cyclists to ride 262 miles to Spalding

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A team of intrepid cyclists is taking part in a 262-mile bike ride between Alnwick and Spalding in an effort to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The 10 riders from fuel company Rix Petroleum and corporate sponsors will set off from the company’s Northumberland depot on Sunday and aim to arrive at its Spalding depot, on Clay Lane, on Wednesday, June 18.

They are hoping to raise more than £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support which was adopted as the company’s charity of the year after a vote by staff.

In the week running up to the end of the challenge, Rix Petroleum’s Spalding depot will also donate £5 to Macmillan Cancer Support for every order.

Rory Clarke, managing director of Rix Petroleum and one of those taking part in the ride, said the challenge had been inspired by the Tour de France which starts from Yorkshire on July 5.

Mr Clarke said: “When we appointed Macmillan Cancer Support as our national charity of the year we wanted to do something that would raise a significant amount of money and it all seemed to fit together well.”

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Pictured from left, Rory Clarke, managing director of Rix Petroleum, Rory Beath, director of Rix Petroleum, and Mike Straw from Seaway Logistics, a corporate sponsor of the Tour de Rix.