Adrian Barnes has been getting a bit saddle-sore lately in aid of various good causes.
Firstly, the Morpeth Lion entered the London-Surrey 100-mile ride – the largest fund-raising cycling event in the world.
Starting in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the route goes through the City of London, west through Richmond Park and follows the 2012 Olympic Games route into Surrey before heading back to the capital.
The ‘highlight’ of the course is negotiating the well-known, uphill zig-zags of Box Hill.
When it returns to London, the route takes in the Embankment, Parliament Square and finishes in the Mall. Adrian completed the course in six hours, 23 minutes and raised £420 for Lions’ charities.
Not content with that, a few weeks later he went al-ong to Sanderson Arcade to do a two-hour stint on a static bike to help the shopping centre’s spinathon activity for its charity of the year, Barnabas Safe and Sound.
The challenge for the team of people, which also included members of Morpeth Rotary Club and some local schoolchildren, was to cycle just under 500 miles in 10 hours to mark the Tour of Britain cycle race entering Northumberland.