TIRELESS cyclist Mike Rainton has completed his seventh epic bike tour of Great Britain in as many years and raised thousands for charity.
At the age of 68, Mike, from Hartlepool, has raised more than £16,000 for charity by pedalling from Land’s End to John O’Groats for seven years in a row.
He has just completed his latest 874-mile ride in six days for an event called Race Against Time.
He raised money for the Bishop Simeon Trust which supports education and development work in some of South Africa’s poorest communities.
Mike wondered if he would be up to the challenge again this year but the support and camaraderie of his fellow cyclists saw him through.
They battled through wet conditions in Scotland on the final day of the challenge.
Mike said: “We reached John O’Groats by 7.30pm on the sixth day and were soon in the pub to celebrate. It was a terrific atmosphere.”
Mike now lives in Lowestoft, Suffolk, but is still a member of Hartlepool Cycling Club.
Friends from his home town sponsored him on his latest challenge.
Mike added: “Many thanks to all of you for your support, including the Hartlepool Mail and West Hartlepool Rugby Club.
“I always receive a fantastic response and I want to thank everyone who supports me. It’s such a good cause.”
It is not too late to sponsor Mike. Go to his webpage at
uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving and search for Mike Rainton under the Sponsor Your Friend function.