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Steeton man's 1,600-mile challenge
10:30am Saturday 16th June 2012 in News
A lorry driver from Steeton shed more than 30 kilos (five stones) so he could cycle hundreds of miles for charity.
When he started his weight-loss effort in May last year, Nigel Morris weighed 144 kilos (22 stones). He said he was now down to 113 kilos (17 stones).
The Halsteads Way resident, who is self-employed, said he had ideally wanted to lose even more weight, but hoped to shed at least another ten kilos by the time he finished the cycle challenge.
“It hasn’t been easy fitting in the training around my work,” he said. “I haven’t always got enough sleep, which means that when my muscles are damaged my body doesn't get the chance to repair itself.”
He is riding from Steeton to the small Austrian town of Vitis, where his youngest daughter lives, a distance of 1,600 miles. He set out on Saturday.
The father-of-three is raising money for Rays of Sunshine, which arranges “make a wish” treats for seriously ill children. Mr Morris, 46, said: “I was going to do the cycle on my own at first, but I’ll now be doing it with Craig Adams, who is a former Bradford Northern player. He’s an HGV driver like me, though he’ll be raising money for the Candlelighters.”
To sponsor Mr Morris, visit justgiving.
com/uk2austria- cycleride. He also has a Twitter account @charitytruckers and a website, charity cyclingtrucker.co.uk