Fund-raisers are thwarted by raiders

Cyclists Paul Sutton and Angela Green of Lessingham Avenue, Swinley, are training for this year's Great North Run but have had their bikes stolen from their locked garden shed
Cyclists Paul Sutton and Angela Green of Lessingham Avenue, Swinley, are training for this year's Great North Run but have had their bikes stolen from their locked garden shed
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THIEVES have stolen bikes belonging to two fund-raisers training for a charity run.

Angela Green, 32, and her boyfriend Paul Sutton, 41, were devastated to discover that their two mountain bikes had been stolen from Angela’s shed, in Swinley, last Friday morning.

As keen fund-raisers, the pair were using the bikes as part of their training for the Great North Run, in Newcastle, on September 16, which they are undertaking for the Alzheimer’s Society.

After the two bikes – a silver GT frame and a black Trek frame – were spotted in Birkett Bank, near Ince, later that day, they are now appealing for people to phone the police if they see them elsewhere.

Angela, a management accounts clerk for the NHS, said: “As part of our training we have been running and also use our bikes and using them to keep fit and strong, so this has put a dampener on things.

“Because we have had new parts added, they are worth quite a bit. The silver bike is worth £1,200 and my bike is probably worth between £500 and £600.

“Not only have they stolen our bikes, but they have hindered us raising more money, as we wanted to train hard and complete a fast time to motivate people to sponsor us and give higher amounts.

“We will still carry on training, but we can’t have any variation.

“We are now asking residents to be extra vigilant at this time and if anyone has any information please contact the police on 101, quoting Incident Number: 529 August 3.”

The set-back will not stop the couple, who have been together two years, from completing the 13-mile challenge next month and hope to raise £500.

Angela added: “We try to choose a charity every year where a family member or friend has been affected and this time we selected Alzheimer’s Society as we know a family friend who has it and so it is close to our hearts.”

The couple are no stranger to fund-raising, as in 2010 they completed the Great North Run and raised £615 for Asthma UK, chosen as they both have the condition.

They completed the run in two hours 21 minutes and hope to beat their time this year. Angela added: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support in helping us reach our target of £500 this year.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed officers were investigating.

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/ANGEL-MRSUTTS.