On Sunday 19th July 2015 Ambassador Danny Franks embarked on an 80 mile cycle around the perimeter of Greater Manchester.

Along the way he fought strong winds and rain but managed to finish in just over 8 hours, which is approximately 10 miles per hour – a great achievement!

Danny also raised over £800 in the process, which will be reinvested in encouraging local people doing extraordinary things together in communities across Greater Manchester.

We caught up with him at the finish line…

Danny, who is an Ambassador for Forever Manchester, set himself a challenge to travel around the perimeter of Greater Manchester, starting in Prestwich taking in the sights of Marple, Stalybridge and Uppermill as well as the heights of Werneth Low and Bury along the way.

Danny’s idea for his Tour De Manc first came about when the Tour de France headed through Yorkshire last year, and Danny set about planning his own route to take in some of the most spectacular views and grueling hills in Greater Manchester.

Danny said: I wanted to do the Tour De Manc as I’m committed to my Ambassadorial role with Forever Manchester. I want to raise money for this great charity and I get some lovely views along the way too. I loved every minute of my 80 miles of blood, sweat and gears, and want to build on it next year, getting some more riders involved.”

Danny documented his ride along the way on Twitter…

Forever Manchester Chief Executive Nick Massey added: “We’d like to thank Danny for taking on such a tough challenge. This is another great example of the efforts that our team of Ambassadors go to to raise money for us. Every penny raised will help us to make a real difference in the local communities of Greater Manchester.”

If you’d like to help Danny smash his target even further, you can do so HERE

Forever Manchester would like to say a huge thank you and an even bigger congratulations to Danny, who took on a serious challenge to raise money for us.

We’re already looking forward to his plans to make it bigger next year!