Stoke Newington man gets on his bike for charity

A Stoke Newington man will pedal his way across the mountains and jungles of Mexico, on an intrepid cycling adventure to raise money for a cancer charity.

Chris Booth who lives in Stoke Newington Road wants to raise �3,500 for Macmillan Cancer on its 2011 Mexico Cycling Challenge and will set off next Saturday (March 26).

Starting from the Gulf of Mexico, Chris’ eight-day challenge will see him riding 612km through dense jungle and tropical farmland, up over mountain ranges - including a 3,000m climb - and down to the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Coast.

Chris, a 28-year old accountant, said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge, though I guess there’s also a bit of nervous anticipation as well, as I’ve never undertaken something like this.

“It will be difficult as the challenge is 8 days of cycling about 80km a day, although I’ve been doing lots of training during winter to prepare myself.

“I signed up as I wanted to support Macmillan, which does a great amount of work helping sufferers of cancer deal with their illness, and although I’ve not been directly affected, I felt it was a great way to raise funds for the charity and promote the work they do.

“I’m really excited about the challenge and can’t wait to make it to Acapulco,” he added.

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Chris has already raised �1,880 but needs more support to reach his target.

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