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Andy Mason is gearing up to set a new benchmark for fundraising rides at Bolsover & District Cycling club with a 7 day, 1000 mile ride in May from Shirebrook to Spain.

Andy is undertaking this effort in memory of his Son, Dean who was lost in 2007 and Andy is hoping to raise a significant amount of money for the mental health charity Mind.

“I’m Andy Mason has and I’m challenging myself with an Epic 1000 mile ride over 7 days (including a 200 mile leg in 24 hours) from my home in Shirebrook to San Sebastian in northern Spain.

I am riding to raise money for the Central Notts branch of Mind, the mental health charity. This charity is particularly close to me after I sadly lost my son in 2007 through depression, an illness that Mind help diagnose and support sufferers through.

I will be supported along parts of his journey by fellow Bolsover & District Cycling Club member Tony Patterson and Paul Brown, with Paul Sewell providing back up as the “broom wagon”.”

Andy will be supported by various other riders for part of his journey, but this is predominantly a solo riding effort making it all the more impressive.

Andy will be supported along the way with nutrition from Bikefood, who have provided energy drink sachets, bars and their signature yellow waterbottles and with some essentials donated by the bicycle shop JE James Cycles.

Of course Andy needs support to help make his efforts worthwhile, and we would all be grateful if you could donate a few pounds to Andys chosen charity through his Just Giving page here:

The club, Bolsover & District, is supporting Andy with a £100 donation from their charity fund to help with the costs of his fundraising effort.

Andy we wish you well, have a great ride.

Andy’s chosen Charity is Mind. As the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, Mind has promoted mental health for over 60 years and works for a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress. Find out more about Mind here: