Friends of Upton hero set off on epic cycle

Lee Shepherd (orange) and Joe Sansom (blue) are cycling across the country to raise money for Help for Heroes in memory of their friend Luke Farmer. (H504D303)
Lee Shepherd (orange) and Joe Sansom (blue) are cycling across the country to raise money for Help for Heroes in memory of their friend Luke Farmer. (H504D303)
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FRIENDS of fallen soldier Luke Farmer are taking on a 963-mile bike ride in his memory.

Joe Sansom and Lee Shepherd will be cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats to raise cash for Help for Heroes.

Mr Sansom, 20, of St Margaret’s Court, North Elmsall, knew Rifleman Farmer during the time he played at Upton Rugby Club.

And Mr Shepherd, 23, of Church Mount, South Kirkby, went to school with him at Minsthorpe Community College.

Mr Sansom said: “Luke was a friend of ours. We have seen what is happening in Afghanistan and thought it was a way of remembering Luke as well as raising money for the soldiers who are still serving there.”

The men are hoping to raise a staggering £10,000 for the charity.

Mr Sansom said past fundraisers at the rugby club, on Quarry Lane, had made around £7,000 so he was confident they would reach their target.

It is the first time either of the men will attempt such a long distance, and the ride averages out around 100 miles a day.

The pair are embarking on a six-month training regime to prepare them for the event.

Mr Sansom said: “This challenge is something we are both relishing to start.

“It is a big challenge but knowing why we are doing it will keep us going.

“It is such a worthwhile cause and the least we can do to raise money for charity.

“We will do whatever we can to gain more sponsors for this amazing cause.”

The mammoth cycle will start on June 6 and are the pair are aiming to finish on June 15.

Visit www.bmycharity.com/JOGLEchallenge2013 to donate money to the men for their challenge.

l See page three for a tribute to Rifleman Farmer, three years on since his death.