Cycling from Normanton to Blackpool- Mark’s wreath challenge

Story about Mark Reather on his bike with a wreath as he is going to cycle from Normanton to Blackpool to lay their wreath there.'Pictured L/R: Mark Reather, George Reather, Derick Wise, Elaine Reather.
Story about Mark Reather on his bike with a wreath as he is going to cycle from Normanton to Blackpool to lay their wreath there.'Pictured L/R: Mark Reather, George Reather, Derick Wise, Elaine Reather.

A DAD is to cycle 180 miles with a wreath on his back as part of an unusual fundraising quest to mark Remembrance Day.

Mark Reather will ride from Normanton to Blackpool and back again to raise money for the Royal British Legion (RBL) Poppy Appeal.

The 38-year-old of Kestrel Mews will lay a wreath donated by the RBL’s Normanton, Altofts and Whitwood branch at the popular seaside town, before then cycling back with a wreath from the RBL’s Blackpool branch in time to lay it at the cenotaph in Haw Hill Park, Normanton, at 11am on Sunday, November 11.

RBL volunteer Mr Reather, who runs his own window cleaning business, has been inspired by his late father Malcolm, who was also a dedicated volunteer.

He said: “I wanted to do something for the Royal British Legion and raise funds, and with my dad being involved, it makes it extra special.

“I also want to raise its profile for younger people. I am looking forward to the rides and have been training in the dark to prepare myself.”

Mr Reather will set off on his Cenotaph Cyclothon Challenge from Normanton precinct at around 10am on Friday, November 9.

He will lay a wreath in Blackpool at around 2pm the following day. Other local branch members will also attend. He will then set off at 2.30am on the Sunday to get back to Normanton in time for remembrance services.

To sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/cenotaph-challenge