Dilton Marsh postie’s special 280-mile ride

This Is Wiltshire: Allen Marsh is in training for the testing overnight cycling fundraiser Allen Marsh is in training for the testing overnight cycling fundraiser

Dilton Marsh postman, Allen Laker, will be giving his all for charity Scope when he undertakes an extreme endurance event, the London to Paris 2-hour cycle challenge, on Saturday, July 5.

The 65-year old will be the oldest participant when he takes part in the 280-mile overnight challenge.

He aims is to complete the route in fewer than 24 hours.

So far he has raised nearly £1,800 for the charity, but hopes the money will keep coming in ahead of the race.

Mr Laker, who lives with his wife Christine, 63, in Lansdowne Close, said: “Last year I took part in the 100 -mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Sportive, over the 2012 Olympic road race course, but realised I needed to do something more challenging.

“My training for the event has been disrupted by a recent illness. However, it is slowly getting back on track.”

“Before the illness I rode 146 miles from Dilton Marsh to Eastbourne and regularly ride at least three times a week of between 30 and 100 miles.”

He rides with the Westbury Wheelers cycle club.

Debbie Bines, head of events for Scope, said: “This is an extreme endurance cycle which pushes riders to their absolute limits and we’re thrilled that Allen has taken on this huge challenge.”

He also did a ‘spinathon’ session at the Dilton Marsh’s Village Day on Saturday raising a further £100 by riding his bike on rollers for three- and-a-half hours.

Mr Laker has been a postman for nine years. Previously he was in the RAF for 37 years. He has two grown-up children.

Scope provides support and advice to disabled people, carers and healthcare professionals in the UK.

To Sponsor the Mr Laker, go to: www.virginmoneygiving.com/AllenLaker

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