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Biker’s big circuit challenge for mum

Ian Newton-Brown (second from right), of Blackpool, and friend Pete Barraclough (left), of Burnley, are touring the country visiting British Superbike race circuits to raise money for the Stroke Association.

Ian Newton-Brown (second from right), of Blackpool, and friend Pete Barraclough (left), of Burnley, are touring the country visiting British Superbike race circuits to raise money for the Stroke Association.

A Blackpool biker is gearing up to take on a 1,300-mile trip to raise money for the Stroke Association in memory of his mother.

Ian Newton-Brown, 50, from South Shore, and his friend Pete Barraclough, 52, of Burnley, plan to visit all eight British Superbike race circuits in just four days next month.

The pair will set off from Blackpool on May 23 on a journey that will take them right across the country before returning to the resort on May 26.

The ride is in honour of Ian’s mum Elsie Baldry, who had a stroke in 2012.

Despite initially appearing to make a good recovery, she had several minor strokes that left her needing full-time care before she died in July 2013.

Ian said: “The care that my mum received, and the help we received from the fantastic team at the Stroke Association has led me to organising this ride.

“The charity does an incredible amount of work to support stroke survivors and their families.

“It was quite difficult to come up with an original idea involving two wheels, but eventually the idea of visiting all the current British Superbike circuits was born.

“The aim is to get to each circuit and complete a lap or get a photo at the entrance.”

The tour of the country will take in eight different race circuits, including Knockhill, near Dunfermline; Snetterton, in Norfolk; Silverstone, in Northants; Donington Park, in Derbyshire and Oulton Park, in Cheshire.

Louise Kay, community and events fund-raising manager at the Stroke Association, said: “With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every three and a half minutes – it is vital that we have people like Ian and Pete who can raise funds for people affected by stroke.

“We’re really grateful to them for taking on this unique challenge and look forward to cheering them on as they bike round the UK.”

The pair have set up a web page for donations – www.justgiving.com/8trackchallenge

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