Shop staff show their pedal power

The participants in the bike ride.
The participants in the bike ride.
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A THREE-STRONG Morpeth team joined more than 1,400 cyclists from across the country to get on their bikes for charity.

The Bike 24 event saw Marks and Spencer workers from Great Britain and Ireland take to the track at Rockingham Motor Racing Circuit in Corby in a 24-hour sponsored endurance ride.

And among the cyclists were Callan Whinfield, Ian Christie and Peter Sweet from M&S Morpeth.

The ride covered some 150,000 miles, with each cyclist completing an average of 100 miles. Between them the North East teams, which comprised of staff from the Metro Centre, Newcastle and Kenton Bar, as well as Morpeth, covered about 2,400 miles.

Proceeds from the challenge will go to the company’s five charity partners — Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Action Medical Research, the Marie Keating Foundation, Action Cancer and Prostate Cancer UK.

Already around £850,000 has been raised for the charities, but M&S has a target of £1.5million, which it hopes to reach this summer.

Morpeth Manager Rosarie Noon said: “It was really tough for the guys because the weather was really against them. At two o’clock in the morning the wind was lashing against them, so it was incredibly tough for Callan who was doing that stint.

“They came 18th overall so they were thrilled with that and we are over the moon with them. We’re already getting ready to sign them up for next year.

“We are going to continue to raise funds in the store. We have a £2,000 target so we’re going for that and there have been some very generous customer donations already.”