Man cycles 500 miles for Vale charity event

Viking Challenge riders make their way along the dusty trail to Stathern EMN-150510-111321001
Viking Challenge riders make their way along the dusty trail to Stathern EMN-150510-111321001
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Imagine cycling all the way from the Isle of Man, riding 34 miles around the Vale of Belvoir and then heading back again on your bike.

That’s what one of the participants did in this year’s Viking Challenge.

Suitable headgear on display along the route at The Viking Challenge 2015 EMN-150510-111248001

Suitable headgear on display along the route at The Viking Challenge 2015 EMN-150510-111248001

The UK’s largest annual off-road cycle, which starts and finishes from Redmile School, had around 1,450 riders taking part on Sunday.

Colin Shearer, one of the organisers, said: “This guy from the Isle of Man came over on the ferry and then cycled 210 miles to Redmile, took part in the Viking Challenge and then cycled the 210 miles back home again.

“We had another rider from Derbyshire, who cycled 105 miles in the day after riding all the way from his home.

“It just shows how popular the event has become.”

Member of the Belvoir Triathlon Club celebrate nearing the end of their ride at this year's Viking Challenge EMN-150510-111259001

Member of the Belvoir Triathlon Club celebrate nearing the end of their ride at this year's Viking Challenge EMN-150510-111259001

It is hoped this year’s event - the 21st edition - raised around £30,000.

After running costs have been taken, the remainder will be divided between the school and Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

Participants of all ages navigated around rutted tracks, canal towpaths and a variety of off-road routes over 30km or 50km, with refreshments served en route.