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Chamber Members Team Up For Charity Bike Ride

Malk Hall and John StarkieTwo Chamber members teamed up to complete a gruelling 24-hour, 310-mile charity bike ride.

Malk Hall, owner of Mansfield-based industrial supplies business Hall-Fast, joined forces with A Star Media Director John Starkie to complete the challenge last weekend, in aid of three charities - Headway Nottingham, Headway UK – the brain injury association, and Mansfield’s Fountaindale SEN School, which helps youngsters, aged three to 19 years with physical and sensory needs.

The pair set off from Newcastle at 11am on Saturday 22 August and arrived in London on Sunday 23 August, 23 hours and 30 minutes later, after overcoming strong headwinds and 7,500 feet of climbing along the way. Over the past six months, they have undertaken intensive training for the ride under the guidance of former World and Olympic medalist Bryan Steel, to get them prepared for the challenge.

Malk said: "It was the hardest thing that I have ever done. We are both really proud to have completed this challenge. Almost 400 top cyclists took part in the event and John and I finished together in positions 126 and 127.

"We would have finished in the top 90 or so if it wasn’t for us losing about an hour when my bike chain broke. I would like to thank everybody who has supported us along the way and helped us to raise much needed money for our chosen charities’’

Hall-Fast began its fundraising campaign almost three years ago, and the amount of money raised for the Fountaindale SEN School is expected to pass the £60,000 mark by the end of this year. Anybody who would like to make a donation can do so online at www.hall-fast.com/fountaindale-school