Published: June 15, 2013
Local cyclists set off on charity bike ride, supported by Burnham's MP

Burnham-On-Sea's MP supported a group of local cyclists as they set off on a fundraising ride to Land's End today (Saturday).

Tessa Munt joined Lympsham rugby fan and cycling enthusiast Dave Madsen just after 6am this morning to watch him set off from Wincanton Racecourse to pedal the 200 miles to Land's End to raise money for a West Country children's charity.

Also joining the charity ride was Bath rugby legend Ben Cundy and another local cycling enthusiast, Daren Spencer.

The charity cycle ride, which includes the last two 'legs' of the Deloitte 'Ride Across Britain', means Dave and his friends will make their way with 600 other cyclists for 102 miles today, arriving in Launceston where they will camp overnight, before completing the remaining 90+ miles on Sunday to finish their challenge.

Dave has been in training for four months, and he and his two friends have raised more than £4,000 sponsorship so far. They are hoping to top £5,000 before the end of the month.

All the money raised will go to the Bath Rugby Foundation's hugely popular and successful work with socially disadvantaged children where they have the opportunity to learn and play sports which impart the values of camaraderie, loyalty, discipline and respect.

After they departed, Tessa said: "I admire Dave, Ben and Daren for their energy and cheerfulness at this time in the morning, with 200 miles of hard cycling ahead of them."

"It's a fantastic cause and I know the money they raise will make a big difference to the youngsters who can enjoy sport for the future, and for the lessons it teaches about life."

Readers can make a donation - however small - to help Dave via virginmoneygiving.com/darenspencer

Pictured: (left to right) Ben Cundy, Tessa Munt MP, Dave Madsen & Daren Spencer at Wincanton Race Course, the start of the last two legs of the Race Across Britain

 


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