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Student, Lucas raises funds for Movember
Year 12 BTEC student Lucas is embarking on a huge challenge this November as he aims to cover some serious ground on his bicycle in aid of men’s charity, Movember.
Nottingham Forest Community Trust caught up with the 16-year-old to find out how he’s getting on.
Can you tell us about what you’re doing?
In aid of Movember, a leading men’s charity who aim to take on men’s mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer, I’ve challenged myself to cycle 750km throughout November which works out at 25km per day! So far, the challenge is going well, and I am confident that I’ll hit the target with plenty of days to spare. I’ve already managed to hit a new one-day distance record of 101.9km and I’m determined to beat this again.
Why are you doing this?
I’m a keen cyclist, and want to use something that I’m good at and enjoy by raising awareness for such a serious matter and raise money to help out the charity.
Why have you chosen Movember to fund raise for?
I did a similar challenge last year, however my target was 500km and managed to raise £700+, so this year my cycle target is now 750km and want to try and raise more money for such a good cause.
I also want to start with something small such as a doing it over the period of a month to then be able to build up to doing longer cycles. My aim is to one day be able to cycle from Sutton-on-Sea near Skegness to Carbis Bay in Cornwall which is just over 700km.
Have you always been a cyclist? If not, what made you start?
I got into cycling when I was younger in school, and I used to cycle to school every day. In lockdown I started to cycle more just to get out and about in the fresh air instead of going for a walk. I now cycle to college at the City Ground every day, a distance of 8 miles – which takes about 40 minutes.
What do you like about cycling?
It’s enjoyable exercise and so good for mental wellbeing and it’s a good way to keep active, it’s also a great way to get out and about and explore the local area.
If you would like to donate to Lucas’ fund-raising effort, click here.