Fitness fanatic takes to his bike to raise money for heart disease charity

David Davies

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A Fleetwood cycling fan took part in a difficult night-time marathon to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

David Davies, 51, from Adelaide Street, took on the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride challenge in memory of his father, Alan Davies, who died from heart disease in March 2007 aged just 65.

The 52-mile ride, organised by the British Heart Foundation, saw hundreds of charity supporters take to their bicycles from the Trafford Centre near Manchester to Blackpool Promenade on September 27.

David, who works as a site and maintenance manager for the holiday operator Bournce Leisure, first started cycling after being encouraged by his father, who bought him his very first bike.

Since then, fitness-fanatic David has taken part in a number of challenging cycling marathons across the North West in the name of charity.

He has cycled in the Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride every year since 2012, and took part in a charity cycle for the Christie NHS Foundation Trust to raise money for cancer care and research in July 2015.

He said: “The night ride was a fantastic experience. I really loved it.”

“I wanted to raise money for the British Heart Foundation because it’s always been a charity I feel close to.”

The father-of-three raised £200 for the charity, which he says he hopes will go towards improving healthcare for people with heart disease.

He said: “I want to spread awareness because by the time my father was diagnosed it was too late.”

His mother, Marie Davies, 71, watched him cross the finishing line in Blackpool at around 3am, two-and-a-half hours after setting off.

Mrs Davies, who lives at Springfield Terrace in Fleetwood, said: “Everyone there had someone who had been affected by heart disease - even the young people.”

“Doing the marathon is a great achievement and I’m very proud of David.”