Shaun sets out on 100-mile cycle challenge for charity

Guy Martin, left, and Shaun Bettany with the bike on which Shaun will do his Prudential London 100 ride.  (Lin) EMN-140416-080744001
Guy Martin, left, and Shaun Bettany with the bike on which Shaun will do his Prudential London 100 ride. (Lin) EMN-140416-080744001

A Nettleton man is heading out on two wheels and rising to the challenge of riding 100 miles to raise money for a life saving charity.

In August, Shaun Bettany will be taking part in the Prudential London 100 in aid of the British Heart Foundation, a ride he is making in memory of local man David ‘Chubb’ East.

“Our local community lost a great man who touched the hearts of many, as well as being a loving family man,” said Shaun.

“My dad also had a fatal heart attack at a young age and my father-in-law needed heart surgery 10 years ago.”

Shaun was encouraged to take up cycling just over two years ago by his friend Guy Martin in order to lose some weight and to get fit.

He bought a mountain bike and started doing short rides, but by spring 2013 decided to buy a road bike and hasn’t looked back.

“I am 45 years old and overweight and probably at risk from heart disease more than someone slimmer, but now is the time for change,” added Shaun.

“I started training about six weeks ago for this challenge and have lost around 20lbs in weight so far.

“With all the donations and support through this ride, we can help families and friends who have had loved ones affected with heart disease.”

Shaun has already raised £1,200 through this event and anyone who would like to add their donation can log on to

British Heart Foundation - the facts

There are nearly 1.4 million men and almost 900,000 women living with coronary heart disease (CHD)in the UK.

CHD is the UK’s single biggest killer.

CHD is responsible for almost 74,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 200 people each day.

Nearly one in six men and more than one in ten women die from coronary heart disease.

The UK spends nearly £2 billion each year on the healthcare costs of treating coronary heart disease.

Most deaths from coronary heart disease are caused by a heart attack.

Around 50,000 men and 32,000 women in England suffer a heart attack each year.

Every seven minutes someone dies of a heart attack in the UK.

Making small changes to your daily routine can make a big difference to your heart health

A healthy diet helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease, or if you’ve already got heart problems it helps to protect your heart.

People of all ages who are physically active are less likely to get cardiovascular disease as those that are inactive.