Daughter’s ordeal spurs Chris on to ride for charity

Chris Anderson and daughter Nicole, sponsored bike ride, Portmarnack Drive, Grantham. 499B.

Chris Anderson and daughter Nicole, sponsored bike ride, Portmarnack Drive, Grantham. 499B.

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CYCLING 100 miles daily for nine days is going to be a gruelling challenge for Chris Anderson - but it’s all for good cause.

Chris, of Portmarnock Way, Grantham, will no doubt be thinking of his two-year-old daughter Nicole as he sets off today (Friday) from Lands End towards John O’Groats.

He is raising money for the Meningitis Research Foundation following a terrifying ordeal which saw Nicole spend her first Christmas in hospital having been diagnosed with the potentially lethal disease.

Chris, 30, said: “It was a really tough time.”

Chris, who has been in training for the cycling challenge since September, will be joined by four workmates who are all raising cash for their own charities.

The camaraderie is one element of the trip Chris is looking forward to, as well as the stunning views along the popular cycle route, which will see the gang climb 40,000ft.

He said: “It’s going to be beautiful.”

Another highlight he is looking forward to is swimming in the picturesque - and undoubtedly cold - Loch Lomond in Scotland.

A beer or two on the final night will spur the team on.

Chris said: “I think we’ll be finishing each day and eating big bowls of pasta and drinking lots of water. But on the last night, we might have a little beer!

“The ride is going to be a challenge, I don’t expect to enjoy it. It will be an experience.”

Wife Sarah, 29, is disappointed she is unable to join Chris on a leg of the trip, as she is carrying their second child.

She said: “I’m really proud of him and Nicole is, too.”

Already, Chris has been promised £650 in sponsorhip, sending him well on his way of raising his target of £1,000.

Despite the target, he hopes to raise as much money as he possibly can for the Meningitis Research Foundation. To sponsor Chris, visit www.justgiving.com/canderson