Cycling ace Mark Beaumont and his team rode ‘around the world’ in a DAY for The Sun’s Who Cares Wins Appeal – The Sun

CYCLING ace Mark Beaumont and his amazing team of riders went “round the world” in a day today to raise cash for our Who Cares Wins Appeal.

Mark and 79 other cyclists started their 18,000-mile ride at 4am to finish in time for tonight’s Clap For Our Carers.

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They each rode 240 miles on static bikes at their homes, sponsored at £1 a mile — and will raise at least £18,000 every week by completing the race each Thursday during lockdown.

Every £1 raised through the initiative will be doubled — up to £50,000 — by big-hearted former Motherwell football club owner Les Hutchison.

Les told The Sun: “The people in the front end in the NHS and other services have done nothing short of a fantastic job to try to get on top of this thing.”

Mark, 37, who biked around the world in 78 days in 2017, rode at his home in Edinburgh.

He said: “To reach £100,000 would be amazing.”

Thomas Jones, 11, from Wellingborough, Northants, was the youngest rider.

His dad Tom, 38, a manager for a railway firm, step-mum Katie, 36, sisters Ruth, seven, and Rhoda, six, all joined in by also getting on their bikes in the garden during the day.

Thomas, whose mum Laura, 35, is an NHS administrator, had already smashed his £240 target by yesterday afternoon.

Glasgow-based Lieutenant Colonel Christina Murray, 43, is the current national 24-hour time trial champion.

She decided to surpass her 240-mile target after her Army time-trial teammates vowed to double her spon­sorship if she rode 320 miles.

Paralympian Mel Nicholls urged readers to get involved. Wheelchair sprinter Mel, 42, of Tewkesbury, Gloucs, said: “It’s the least we can do.”

  • YOU can get involved by clocking up miles on a static bike, treadmill or rowing machine, or just doing laps of the garden, and donating £1 per mile. See
Thomas Jones, 11, was the youngest rider on the team
Lt Colonel Christina Murray decided to surpass her 240-mile target after her Army time-trial teammates vowed to double her spon­sorship if she rode 320 miles
Mark holds the record for cycling around the world in less than 80 daysCredit: Michael Schofield – The Sun Glasgow
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