Two local men will ride 100 miles this Saturday to raise money for Hospice Isle of Man.
Graham Mitchell, 46, of Glen Maye and friend, Andrew Wright, 30, of Kirk Michael have decided to replicate a mountain stage of the Tour de France.
The event will simply be called ‘Ride for Jack’. Jack is a five-year-old boy who has recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, atypical rhabdomyosarcoma.
He and his family live in the Isle of Man.
Graham said: ‘I have heard that Jack is a very brave little boy, and all his family and friends are proud of his fighting spirit.
‘I am sure this is a devastating time for his family and friends who want to support them so this is our way of doing something.
‘The story has really touched us and has upset us so much that we feel compelled to do something very challenging to try to raise a bit of money for the Hospice in recognition of the fantastic work they do in cases like this.
‘We didn’t want to do something easy to raise money - in fact we want it to be extremely painful.
‘It will be similar to the End2End race across the peaks of the island.’
The ride will criss-cross the island’s highest peaks and see the duo riding approximately 100 miles as they try to climb over 10,000 feet in a day.
As they have decided to do this amazing feat tomorrow (Saturday), they say there has been little time for any worthwhile training.
The men will start out at 7am and should be finished by 5pm.
To donate please visit their Just Giving page on http://www.justgiving.com/RideforJack