PICTURE SPECIAL: Mum rides to the rescue of Rugby Bikeathon which raises £38,000

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Devoted mum Anne Clarke stepped in at the final hour to take part in Rugby Bikeathon after her husband had to pull out due to health reasons.

Anne Clarke rushed out to buy a bike so she could take Matthew’s place in the annual ride on Saturday.

Cyclists prepare to take part in Bikeathon 2013''Pictured: Anne Salter, Charlotte Barot, Ajit Barot, Emily Barot, Paul Stringer,'Ellie Baker, Abbie Baker & Jez Baker

Cyclists prepare to take part in Bikeathon 2013''Pictured: Anne Salter, Charlotte Barot, Ajit Barot, Emily Barot, Paul Stringer,'Ellie Baker, Abbie Baker & Jez Baker

The family support the event every year after their son Lewis, 5, was diagnosed with leukaemia just before his third birthday.

Matthew said: “The Bikeathon went really well.

“Anne decided to do the 26 miles in the end and so far confirmed we’ve raised £1,100. This could rise to £1,700-1,800 if certain sponsors stick to their pledges.”

They would like to thank everyone who has sponsored them.

Organiser Janet Haynes MBE praised Anne for coming to the rescue because a lot of people had already pledged sponsorship.

She said: “I think she’s done really well because she was originally going to do the ten mile ride.

“Lewis watched her and was having rides on his scooter. I’m sure that helped spur her on to the finish 
line.”

Janet said she was disappointed with the downturn in entries, despite the event raising £38,000.

“Numbers have been dropping ever year,” she said.

“There’s just so much other stuff going on, which is a shame.”

She would like to thank everybody who did saddle up, helping to raise vital funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

“It was an enjoyable day,” Janet added.