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Hereford Registrar Gets on his Bike for Charity

A second year MBA student at the University of Worcester is cycling from London to Paris to raise money for charity.

Alok RanaDr Alok Rana, a registrar at Hereford County Hospital, will under take the 344km (214 miles) journey this summer in aid of the National Autistic Society.

“I am a great supporter of the Charity,” he said. “It helps children and older people suffering with autism and Asperger syndrome and their families and I think it is very worthwhile.

“My background is in psychiatry so I have a lot of connections with people with mental illness and learning disabilities.”

Dr Rana, a father-of-two from Withington, near Hereford, will set off on the London to Paris Cycling Challenge on Saturday, June 5 and will arrive at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Tuesday, June 8.

“We cycle from Windsor to Portsmouth and then take the ferry over the channel,” he said. “This is something I have been looking to do for some time and this year I finally registered and now I’ve started my training programme.”

Dr Rana, aged 33, has been cycling about 60-70 miles a week, including to and from work when he can, in preparation for the event.

“We will have to cycle about 115km (72 miles) a day, so it’s quite tough,” he said. “But I am really looking forward to it now. I also play lots of other sports so I am trying to keep as fit as I can.”

Dr Rana, who is half way through his part time MBA at the University of Worcester, is hoping to raise £1,250 for the Charity. To make a donation visit his justgiving page at  http://www.justgiving.com/Alok-Rana