Minister Stirling to Travel Half the Tour de France for Charity


A Stirling minister must travel the equivalent of half the distance of the Tour de France in order to raise funds for charity.

Reverend Barry Hughes is a minister in St Mark’s, Raploch, and was preparing to tackle the Stirling Marathon for the benefit of Home Start Stirling.

However, the organizers of the race, Classic Run Events, were this week forced to postpone the race due to the coronavirus crisis.

Barry will now ride his static bike and cycle exactly half the length of the most famous bike race in the world.

The Tour de France takes to the French streets every June and July. However, even its organizers were forced to postpone it until August.

Reverend Barry will honor his pledge to raise money for the charity by cycling 1,735 km – 1,1078 miles – from his garage to his home in the church manse.

The challenge, which he himself called “Tour de Manse” throughout the month of May.

He said, “I had to run the Stirling Marathon for the home start – and of course maybe I always will – but given the uncertainty surrounding sporting events, I thought I would do that at the place.

“Home Start is based in Raploch and regularly uses St. Mark’s Church. It’s a great organization that supports vulnerable families in Stirling. “

He set a goal to raise £ 500 and at the time of printing he had already raised £ 365.

To donate to Barry’s efforts, click here .

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