Stef cycles to new challenge

A DENTON hairdresser has cycled to a new mark after completing a challenge of more than 1,000 miles.

Stef Drakopoulos

Stef Drakopoulos pedalled 1,050 miles in just 28 days as part of a fundraising effort for a hospice.He agreed to take part in the event, which raised money for Compton Care in Wolverhampton after being asked by organisers Jenny and William Taylor.

So it was out with the rollers on which he attempted to break the world hour record and back in the saddle.

And even though it sounds a long way, for a seasoned cyclist like Stef, it was not much of a problem.

He said: “I hit the target on day 28, which coincided with the birthday of Mary Taylor, who helped found Compton Care and volunteered there for over 25 years up till her death in March.

“Jennifer Smith and her husband Will came up with the challenge of her running 105 miles and Will riding 1,050 miles.

“They asked me to do it too, so I agreed with me doing the miles almost entirely on rollers and Will do the same down in Cannock where they live.

“Jennifer is a seasoned marathon runner and Will took up cycling a few years back due to a knee injury.

“Prior to this he played pro and semi pro football and was a goalkeeping coach with the FA.

“It was another challenge done – I’m sure there will be another one!”

Stef’s efforts have helped contribute to a fundraising total of about £5,000.

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