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Staff embark on a World Cup-themed cycling challenge

Harborough Homebase staff, from left, Becca Gibbons, Josh Ellis and Lawrie Randall, during their World Cup-themed cycling challenge today (Friday).

Harborough Homebase staff, from left, Becca Gibbons, Josh Ellis and Lawrie Randall, during their World Cup-themed cycling challenge today (Friday).

Staff from Homebase are taking part in a World Cup-themed three-day charity cycling challenge starting today (Friday) at the Harborough store.

A total of 30 staff from 19 different Homebase stores in the region are tackling the challenge in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, which is the company’s chosen charity for 2014.

They are planning to complete 5,777 miles - the distance from England to World Cup football venue of Brazil – between today and Sunday.

Each Homebase store taking part is hoping to complete 304 miles each in half-hour slots, meaning each person will aim to complete 5.8 miles.

They are doing the challenge on a static exercise bike at the town’s store, off Springfield Street, which will be kitted out in World Cup flags, bunting and balloons.

The bike has kindly been supplied by Harborough Leisure Centre.

A spokesman for Homebase said: “Now all we need is you! We are doing this is half-hour slots, or more if you’re man enough.

“Please get behind this, as it’s a great cause.”

You can cheer on the cyclists or donate to the cause at the town’s store from 8am to 8pm today and tomorrow (Saturday) or from 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

By the end of play today, the participants are likely to have hit the 150-mile mark.

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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