Mike’s towering challenge

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A CYCLING coach has completed a gruelling 290-mile challenge from London to Paris to raise cash for kidney disease sufferers.

Astley & Tyldesley Cycle Speedway Club coach Mike Hack completed the jounrney over four days in aid of Kidney Research, which aims to improve treatments, and ultimately find a cure, for kidney disease. He was among 70 riders who took part in the ride which has so far raised around £100,000.

Mike, of Penketh Avenue, Astley, said: “The five months hard training paid off, as the aches and pains quickly wore off after the finish.”

Kidney Research has invested more than £10m by awarding grants to doctors, nurses and researchers across the UK to look into treatment of the disease.

The charity also provides grants to patients to cope with the costs of their condition and campaigns for better access to services. To donate, go to www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/the_london_to_paris_15