Christine Stimpson, 62 from Harworth, will join thousands of cyclists taking part in the Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride and is raising money for Cerebral Palsy Sport after being inspired by a young friend with cerebral palsy who is training for a junior triathlon.
Christine’s young friend, eight-year-old Bailey from Worksop, lives with cerebral palsy and is currently training for the Castle Howard Triathlon this summer.
Christine said: “Bailey is an inspiration to say the least, and never lets his disability stop him from having a go at anything. Bailey often attends the Clumber Park parkrun and has also taken part in the Bikeability scheme at his school on his adapted bike. He is the reason I am taking part in the 100-mile challenge because he has achieved more than an average eight-year-old.”
Christine is a regular cyclist, and has taken part in several C2C rides, however the GNBR will be her biggest challenge to date, riding a large scale distance in a shorter amount of time.
Bailey’s dad, Jonathan, said: “Knowing Bailey has motivated Christine to ride 100-miles as a personal challenge, as well as for Cerebral Palsy Sport, is fantastic.
“Bailey has been involved in sport for a couple of years now, inspired by his active family members, and attends the Clumber Park parkrun every Saturday. To begin with, we would push Bailey around the park route, but now he takes part by himself with his adapted Kaye Walker, which has been fitted with bigger wheels.
“The next challenge on Bailey’s list is the Castle Howard Triathlon, and the Clumber Park parkrun is part of his training, as well as cycling on Sunday’s followed by swimming on Monday’s. He is a remarkable young boy and we couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Marianne Burchell, Fundraising Officer at Cerebral Palsy Sport, said: “We are thrilled Christine is taking on the challenge of cycling the 100 mile Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride for Cerebral Palsy Sport after being inspired by her young friend Bailey. Bailey embodies the spirit of the charity because he doesn’t see his disability as a barrier to achieving his sporting potential.
“All of the money raised for Cerebral Palsy Sport from the Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride will be used to help change the lives of children and young people with cerebral palsy to lead healthier, happier and more independent lives.”
Cycle Live Nottingham, which features the Great Notts Bike Ride, has been a fixture of the Nottingham sporting scene for 34 years.
Entries are now officially open for the Nottingham City Ride, family friendly rides which consist of a choice of 2.5, 7.5 or 10.5 mile routes, and the Great Notts Bike Ride, where up to 5000 participants will undertake 25, 50 or 100 mile rides around the county.
To find out more about Cycle Live Nottingham visit: www.cyclelivenottingham.co.uk.
Christine’s fundraising page can be found at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChristineStimpson1.