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Cycling legend Hugh Porter's 80 laps for 80th birthday charity fundraiser

Cycling legend Hugh Porter will jump on his bike to mark his 80th birthday next month and raise money for Compton Care at the same time.

Compton Care's Lisa Bockhoefer (left) and head of leisure at Wolverhampton Council Sean McBurney (right) with cycling legend Hugh Porter.

Hugh will take to the track at Wolverhampton’s Aldersley Stadium, where he trained ahead of his World Championship successes, along with others as part of the Hugh’s 80 for 80 event.

It will see the sporting star and his friends take on 80 laps, roughly 22 miles, on January 26 in recognition of the milestone he reaches the following day.

And instead of a birthday gift, the commentator has called on people to donate to Compton Care – where he is a patron and which supports people with incurable and complex illnesses.

Hugh Porter will be celebrating his 80th birthday by doing 80 laps of the track - and also raise money for charity

He said of his latest challenge: “What a lot of cyclists tend to do when they reach a milestone age is they tend to ride a mile each distance on the road which replicates their age.

“But I thought I wanted to do something totally unique so I thought, ‘I’m going to do 80 laps of Aldersley Stadium’.”

Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Claire Darke will drop the flag to start the event at 11am on the day.

WV Active, which runs the centre, will be putting on spin bikes at the side of the track where others can match his efforts.

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