John up to the challenge for Mary’s Meals

PEDAL POWER: John Campbell is getting set to tackle the Mallorca 312.
PEDAL POWER: John Campbell is getting set to tackle the Mallorca 312.

A cyclist from Viewpark will get on his bike next month and undertake a gruelling challenge to raise money for Mary’s Meals.

John Campbell is tackling the Mallorca 312 Sportive Challenge - the longest event held for sportive cyclists in Spain - on Saturday, April 25.

Cyclosportives are short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling events, usually held annually, in which riders test themselves against both clock and distance by finishing the course within a certain time.

The Mallorca 312 - covering 312 kilometres or 194 miles - goes through some of the most amazing spots on the island.

But due to its combination of distance and climbing incorporated on the route, and its time limit of 14 hours, it is one of the most challenging European events.

John, who works for North Lanarkshire Council’s ground maintenance section, explained the reasons behind his participation.

He said: “I have done Tour de France stages in the past and every year I do one of these challenges.

“So I thought that if I am doing it anyway I could raise money for a worthy cause and Mary’s Meals fits the bill.

“Over 980,000 children receive Mary’s Meals every school day and the average cost to feed a child for a whole year is just £12.20.”

The Mallorca 312 will take John through some tough terrain on an island renowned for its cycling heritage and used for training and racing by many of the world’s top stars.

You can support John via JustTextGiving and make a donation from your mobile by entering SRVB77, the amount you wish to donate and the ext number 70070.