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Charity cyclist chases bike thieves
9:20am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A MAN who raised thousands of pounds by cycling for charity has had his bicycle stolen.
Marc Stephens, from Nythe, has raised more than £15,000 for various charities over the years by taking part in triathlons, marathons and five different bike rides.
But a bicycle which the 35-year-old used in some of the bike rides was stolen from his house in the early hours of Sunday.
Marc, who works as a general associate at Honda, said: “I’ve got other bikes but it’s the memories I’ve got on that bike that they’ve stolen too.
“It’s not just my bikes that I keep here but also a bike I recently got for my son. Knowing that someone has actually been on your property – it’s difficult.”
The bicycle, a Giant Talon mountain bike worth about £900, has tyres with yellow markings on them which spell out ‘MAXXIS’.
Marc nearly caught the thieves red handed when he was woken by a noise in his garden in the early hours of Sunday.
He said: “At about 3.30am I was woken by a noise and I went out in the garden and realised it had been stolen.
“I actually saw him cycling it down the road, and I followed him in the car but he went back through an alleyway so I couldn’t get to him.”
Marc then notified the police.
Marc, who owns six bicycles, believes that he was targeted by thieves because he has done so many bike rides.
He said: “The police think I was targeted because I have so many bikes.
“I keep five bikes in my shed and the one that was stolen I kept locked up with an industrial lock at the end of my garden because I use that the most.
“I’ve now stored the other bikes away from my house because I think I’ve been targeted.”
But Marc was touched by the number of comments he has received on social media sites offering to help pay for a new bike.
He said: “I’d say that around 200 people have re-posted it and helped get the news out to look out for it to help me find it.”
Earlier this summer, Marc teamed up with friend and colleague Carl Taylor in a cycle ride to Scotland to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
They completed the 319-mile challenge without breaks within 28 hours, raising £2,000.
Marc is determined the theft will not impact on his work for charity.
Marc said: “We try to do a challenge every year, we try to do something bigger and better than the year before.
“It usually takes about 10 months to plan a challenge so we are in the process at the moment, and we are hoping to do something overseas.”
If anybody has any information about the incident or spots Marc’s bicycle, call the police on 101.
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