A CYCLIST is gearing up ready to ride from dawn until dusk in memory of a friend who took his own life.
Nick Hanson will be setting off around Tudor Grange Park’s cycling track at 7am on September 7 and will keep going until 7pm in aid of Solihull Mind.
The 58-year-old from Shirley will be completing the challenge 30 years to the day of the midway point of a ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats with three friends.
Tragically one of the other riders took his own life and in his memory Nick has vowed to raise £1,000 to help others suffering mental health illnesses.
Nick said: “Solihull Mind was the obvious charity of choice, I have spoken with the staff there and have been given a good idea id what they do to help local people.
“If my cycle challenge can help projects support just a handful of people in the area I would be over the moon.”
The cycle track at Tudor Grange Park was built by Solihull Council and Solihull Cycling Club to provide an off-road track for all cyclists to enjoy.
Nick said he wanted to do something out of the ordinary which promoted the link between completing physical activities being good for mental health.
After completing a number of road cycles wanted to try a closed circuit challenge.
He is calling on fellow cyclists of all ages and abilities to join him in September on the course.
He added: “Anyone can just turn up on the day, whether they come for a little or a long time – it’s up to them.
“I’m going to have some support on the sidelines and on the track from friends and family but it would be great to meet some others too, and hopefully they can help raise money to help fellow Solihull residents.”
For more or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/solihull-mind