LOCAL children’s charity, the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT), is inviting cyclists the chance to join a challenge of a lifetime.

Between October 12 and 21 2018, a select group will cycle almost 400km through Madagascan countryside, to raise funds for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.

Participants will get the chance to ride down rural roads and dirt tracks and take in the the scenes of rainforests, beaches and paddy fields.

Fundraiser at CAFT, Jure Modic, SAID: “We have a whole range of sponsored challenges on offer, there are so many ways to get involved and raise money for the Adventure Farm. Everything from trekking to running, jumping out of planes to climbing Snowdon at night. This challenge in Madagascar is definitely one of our more exotic events, and with over six months to train its something that is possible for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

“Taking part in a challenge is a great way of raising money for our very worthy cause, but also a fantastic motivator to get fit. We’ve had people join us for a 10k run who have then been bitten by the fitness bug and have gone onto compete in marathons, trekking events and cycling challenges. We regularly see participants forming their own social groups when training for events, and many find that a challenge improves not only their fitness but also their social circle. Most importantly, these challenges raise funds to help us to help children in desperate need from all over our region. The adventures we have on our challenges are nothing compared to the adventures the children will have as a result of the money raised.”

Places on the challenge are limited and are expected to fill fast. Anyone interested should contact Jure on 01565 830 053 or email jure@caft.co.uk. A registration fee of £249 per participant is required, and each cyclist must raise a minimum of £3,050.