Pete to mark 50th birthday on charity ride

Pete Reilly who is doing charity cycle in France, in April, for CLIC Sargent. (Photo: George McLuskie)
Pete Reilly who is doing charity cycle in France, in April, for CLIC Sargent. (Photo: George McLuskie)
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A local man is marking his 50th birthday by taking part in a 1000 km charity cycle run between France and Spain.

Pete Reilly, who lives near Cults Hill, will tackle the challenging route between Gare de Sos and Santiago for CLIC Sargeant in April.

The stone mason, who only took up cycling two years ago, will follow the pilgrimage route, known as El Camino de Santiago.

Although his official route ends at Santiago, Pete plans to continue to Finisterre , on the west coast of Spain.

He will be raising funds for CLIC Sargent, a charity close to his heart, with his niece, Claire McDougall, diagnosed with a rare brain tumour when she was six. Now 14, she has fully recovered after lengthy hospital treatments.

Preparation for the run involves Pete taking to his indoor training bike every night, apart from when he’s out on the road at weekends, covering at least 30 miles each time.

“I’m hoping to complete the charity route in 10 days, but if I take 15 I’ll still be delighted.

“I’m sure I’ve got the stamina and I’m pretty determined.

“The distance is approximately 1040 km, so I’m aiming for a target of £1 for every kilometre.”

Pete will be backed up by his wife, Morag, brother Martin and his partner, Jane Corrigan, who all plan to ride alongside him at some stage.

Highlights will be Morag accompanying him on his birthday, while all four will ride as a group for the final 10 miles.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to Pete’s charity appeal can visit the website link at www.justgiving.com/peterreilly50/