Cyclists rack up 100 miles from Nottingham to Mablethorpe for CLAPA charity

FIVE cyclists have cycled a combined total of more than 500 miles from Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham to Mablethorpe inspired by a local youngster.

Ellis Jacklin, who lives in Sutton on Sea, cycled the 100-mile route on Saturday along with four friends raising £500 for CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association). Ellis’ son Haydn was born last February in Mablethorpe with a unilateral incomplete cleft lip which was repaired by an operation in Nottingham in August, and Ellis and co wanted to thank the association for their support during Cleft Awareness Week.

Ellis, along with his brother Lewis Jacklin, John Wagstaff, Andy Thomas and Matt Sheppard set off at 8am, with the four arriving at 4pm and Ellis and sixth member Dale Ford, who joined at East Kirby, finishing the route at 7pm.

The route took in the River Trent before Woodhall Spa, Coningsby, Skegness, Sutton on Sea and finally Mablethorpe.

Ellis said: “It was a gruelling experience for me but the keen cyclists among us were off and set fantastic speeds across Lincolnshire so they should be very proud of themselves.

“Family and friends were waiting patiently at the finish line and it was a great ending to a difficult but very rewarding day.

“We all boosted Mablethorpe’s economy by emptying the chip shops when we finished!”

Ellis and brother Lewis are no strangers to such challenges after cycling 250 miles from Cleethorpes to Tywyn in Wales over three days last May, raising over £1,000 for the British Lung Foundation in memory of their dad Bob.

The cyclists were sponsored by Johnson’s Coaches, who provided a support bus and refreshments to help keep spirits up throughout.

Readers can still sponsor the group by visiting www.justgiving.com/100milesmile.