12/09/2010 21:14, Report by Nathan Thomas

Boss salutes charity cyclists

An arduous trek of over 2,000km recently took an intrepid group of more than 50 cyclists from Venice to Manchester United in aid of the Malta Renal Unit and the World Kidney Organisation.

The "Betfair Lifecycle Challenge”, now in its twelfth year, has raised thousands of pounds to fund treatment for patients suffering from renal disease. The latest event, with its finish line on the forecourt at Old Trafford, was another resounding success. Following their exertions – cycling, on average, 200 kilometres per day – the international participants were delighted to meet Sir Alex Ferguson.

“It was tremendous that Sir Alex took time out on a busy Friday afternoon for him to come and meet the cyclists,” says Richard Bloch from Betfair.

“He spoke to many of the guys, including our founder Alan Curry who started the Lifecycle Challenge when his wife fell ill. Sir Alex obviously appreciates the amount of endurance work the guys had to go through during the ride from Italy.

“Many of the guys who took part in the challenge are United fans so the chance to meet the manager after all their efforts was a great thrill for them.”

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