Geared up for 1000 miles

ON THE START LINE: Ben Carling pictured at the TT Grandstand in Douglas with Naseem's Manx Brain Tumour charity's Gerry Pishvaie, left, and Alex Wilson of Crossroads Care Isle of Man. PHOTO: Liam Gilman.

ON THE START LINE: Ben Carling pictured at the TT Grandstand in Douglas with Naseem's Manx Brain Tumour charity's Gerry Pishvaie, left, and Alex Wilson of Crossroads Care Isle of Man. PHOTO: Liam Gilman.

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PERSONAL trainer Ben Carling has set himself the challenge to cycle a lap of the TT course every day in April, to raise awareness and funds for two local causes, Crossroads Care Isle of Man and Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity.

He began on Sunday, setting off from the Grandstand in Douglas and peddling one lap of the famous 37.75 Mountain circuit. He will do it daily until Monday, April 30, covering a total of more than 1,100 miles.

With an estimated time of two hours 30 minutes each day, Ben faces a gruelling 75 hours on the saddle. It’s a challenge he decided to take on after sympathising with the work carried out by both charities, after his own granddad’s illness and hearing stories from friends who knew Naseem personally.

‘The cycle will be both physically and mentally exhausting. The hardest part of the course will be the climb out of Ramsey and over the mountain section,’ said Ben.

‘I will have to remain aware of traffic and weather, as well as stick to a strict regime to ensure that I remain fit and capable of completing the cycle.’

Support will come from local pros Tim Kennaugh, Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift, who will join Ben on parts of the challenge to provide encouragement and keep spirits high.

People can follow his progress on the Facebook page ‘Ben Carling’s 1 Month Long TT Course Charity Cycle’ which will be regularly updated with news and photographs. Donations can be made online by visiting www.charitygiving.co.uk/bencarling and sponsor forms will be available at Carrefour Gym in Douglas, where Ben works.

For more information on how to support Ben contact 431271 or e-mail info(at)completefitness.im .

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