Henry aims to raise £5,000 in London ride

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A 38-year-old man aims to raise £5,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice on a gruelling bike ride from Cayton to 

Henry Digby plans to do the 280-mile trip in just two days, and he says it would be perfect if London mayor Boris Johnson was there to meet him when he arrives.

“The mayor is always promoting cycling and all that, so you never know,” said Mr Digby.

“Two days back-to-back is going to be hard work. But it’s not a race and I intend to stop for lunch and take in some scenery along the way.”

He expects to burn around 20,000 calories on the trip – the equivalent of 20 McDonald’s meals. But along the way, he’ll be eating the same energy food gel as the Tour de France riders.

When not fixing bikes in his day job running his business Yorkshire Coast Mobile Cycle Repairs, Mr Digby, of Cayton, is spending much of his spare time in training for the trip in June. He added: “Come March, I’ll be upping the training and getting my missus to drop me 100 miles from home so I can ride back.”

His half-way point will be Kings Lynn where he and a pal, who will be close by in a van, will stay for the night.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so via his Facebook page or at www.justgiving.com or by visiting Dexter’s Surf Shop, North Bay, Scarborough.