THE MANAGER of Newport Centre will cycle across Britain in nine days for charity.

Carl Williams, who has worked in the leisure industry for 30 years, is taking part in the Deloitte Ride across Britain next month, in aid of The Prince’s Trust.

The challenge begins on September 7, with participants cycling over 100 miles each day in a ride across Britain.

Although some choose to cycle down the country, Mr Williams opted for the more challenging route from Lands End to John O’Groats.

“I’m a bit nervous about it, especially as it gets closer,” admitted Mr Williams.

“But I’ve done lots of training, going on rides before work, and long rides on weekends and I feel I’m ready for it.”

Mr Williams has spent 10 months training for this test of endurance, being supported by South Wales Cycles, joining a cycling club, and training with people he’s met through the challenge.

He has always been passionate about football and athletics, taking part in marathons in the past, but tendonitis in his knee meant he had to quit running.

“Cycling is a low impact exercise and I have stayed injury free since taking it up at the end of 2012,” explained Mr Williams.

“I’ve always been fascinated by cycling and this just seemed like the natural progression. I’ve wanted to do Lands End to John O’Groats for a few years and I’m turning 50 this year, so it seemed like now or never.

“Do something for my birthday, whilst raising money for a really worthwhile cause.”

Mr Williams is hoping to raise at least £2,200 for the Prince’s Trust, a charity trying to ensure children have bright futures, which is one of the main charities for the Deloitte ride.

“I picked the Prince’s Trust because it seems to fit well with Newport Live,” added Mr Williams.

“In Newport Centre we often work with groups or individuals that may have had tough backgrounds or bad luck in life, even young people.

“We try to promote physical activity to help them change their lives and improve their health, and mental and social wellbeing.

“Being active is important because it staves off illnesses, strengthens your joints and bones, and keeps your heart healthy. And it helps mental wellbeing; cycling really relaxes me.

“I’ve had so much support from Newport Live. We run our 'for everybody' campaign and are very inclusive.

“With us it’s not just about elite athletes; it’s about all the community staying healthy physically and mentally.”

You can sponsor Carl Williams here.