Farmer Angela Sargent and auctioneer Alastair Sneddon will be cycling 300 miles in just three days during Great British Beef Week to raise funds for farmers in financial hardship.
The pair will set off from Bakewell Livestock Market at 08:00 on Thursday April 21, taking in the marts at Derby, Melton Mowbray, Market Harborough, Thrapston, Spalding, Louth and Newark, before returning to Bakewell at around 17:00 on St George’s Day, Saturday April 23.
“We’re busy lambing at the moment but the nerves are already setting in,” admitted Angela, who is chairman of R.A.B.I’s Derbyshire committee and a member of Ladies in Beef.
Angela, a beef, sheep and arable farmer from South Derbyshire, added: “I would call myself a social cyclist so this is a little bit different as we are doing 100 miles on the first day, 80 on the second and 120 on the third.
“It’s a testing route with rolling hills. It started off as simple bike ride to raise money for R.A.B.I but was expanded by the ever enthusiastic Alastair, who said ‘no pain, no gain’.”
The pair will be joined by friends and fellow supporters of R.A.B.I and Ladies in Beef on various legs of the three-day ride from mart to mart. Regular cyclist Alastair, who works for Bagshaws, first planned to tackle the 300-mile ride last year, but broke a bone in his foot just a few weeks before the event was due to take place.
To date, sponsorship of more than £550 has already been pledged for each leg of the ride.