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Teenager completes 160 mile cycle challenge on his Easter break staying with his grandparents in Fenland



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A teenager who hopes to become a professional cyclist spent one day of his Easter holidays completing a 160-mile charity ride.

Marco Overbeeke sets off on his 160 mile cycle challenge. (8770665)
Marco Overbeeke sets off on his 160 mile cycle challenge. (8770665)

Marco Overbeeke, 15, made a spur of the moment decision to do the ride while staying with his grandparents Stephen and Sanki Jones in Parson Drove.

His proud dad, Marein Overbeeke, from Bromley in Kent, said Marco contacted him and said: "He phoned me and said he wanted a challenge and that he was going to ride 160 miles in one day.

conrad Overbeeke (8) offered his big brother some support. (8770667)
conrad Overbeeke (8) offered his big brother some support. (8770667)

"This was on Monday night, and I asked him when, he said 'tomorrow'. He then did the ride on Tuesday and it took him about 12 hours to complete.

"He wanted to raise £250 to buy a Qhubeka bike, which provides cycles for children in Africa to help transform their lives and help them to get to school more easily."

Marein said his son is a keen cyclist and regularly competes in races and would normally do training rides of up to 20 or 30 miles at a time, so the 160 miles wasa big challenge for him.

Marco Overbeeke did 54 laps of a three-mile loop. (8770669)
Marco Overbeeke did 54 laps of a three-mile loop. (8770669)

"He has hopes of being a pro-cyclist one day, so cycling is important to him, which is why he chose the Qhubeka bike charity. He was cheered on by his younger brother Conrad, who also provided a bit of road side support," said Marein.

Posting on his fundraising page Marco wrote: "Here is a crazy idea! On my training ride yesterday I thought how cool would it be to do a 160 Mile cycle challenge in one day. I will be raising money for Qhubeka UK Ltd, who do great work for a cause that’s very close to my heart. While you're reading this, I am already in the saddle, conquering a three mile loop in Fenland...54 times. Please help me raise as much money for the very amazing charity."

To donate visit: https://www.givengain.com/ap/marco--overbeeke--raising-funds-for-qhubeka-uk-ltd/



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