Bikers conquer 210-mile ride to the seaside

Ben's Den ride
Ben's Den ride

The cash keeps on rolling in for charity cyclists who biked 210 miles to Mablethorpe and back for Ilkeston cause Ben’s Den.

The team of 18 riders set off from the Three Horseshoes on Derby Road in Ilkeston on Saturday morning and headed for the charity’s caravan at the east coast holiday destination.

They stayed over at the seaside town and then made the long ride back the next day.

Ben’s Den was set up in 2004 after local teenager Ben Parker, 13, lost his battle with cancer.

The organisation has two caravans for families to allow poorly children to holiday with their families.

So far the team have raised more than £6,000 and hope to reach more than £7,000 by May when they hand over a cheque to Tracy and Darren Parker, Ben’s parents.

One of the ride’s organisers, Kevan Hill, said: “Everything went great.

“It was hard work over 210 miles in total, but we made it and all for a good cause.”

In the saddle alongside Kevan were: Matt Hill, Grant Barker, Geth Shooter, Jeff Slysz, Paul Wilson, Debbie Wilson, Ian Bradley, Jack Bradley, Dave Austin, Greg Spicer, Simon Severn, Adam Biggs, Elliot Palmer, Lee Holmes, Ben Bradford, Jamie Marvin, Tim Glenie, and Vince Biggs provided van support.

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