TACKLING four cycling challenges will see Ian Cummings notch up more than 500 miles on the bike for St Rocco’s Hospice.

Ian and his cycling partner Nathan Wilson have already taken on the first challenge, which saw them cycle around Manchester which started the speedometer off with 50 miles.

And in July the duo will face 60 miles in the saddle as they cycle from Manchester to Blackpool, followed by a huge 300 mile trek from London to Paris later in the month.

Finally they plan another 100 mile cycle around Manchester in August.

Ian, aged 48 and from Leigh, said “Personally 2013 was a very difficult year for my family. The only way we know to effectively put the past behind us is to have positive aims that lead to positive futures.

“I’m cycling for St Rocco's Hospice because they provide great care and support.”

He and 39-year-old Nathan, also from Leigh, who is cycling for Guide dogs for the blind, have been training for this mammoth journey since November 2013 to prepare them for this challenge of a lifetime.

With help from Ian’s main sponsor Alfred Jones, which has Spar Shops in Warrington, every penny raised will go directly to charities.

Collection boxes have been placed in all of Spars Shops and Post Offices.

Alternativley you can donate at justgiving.com/Ian-Cumming2.