Nikki’s cycle challenge in memory of her twin

Nikki Burkitt in training for her charity cycle ride to Brussels
Nikki Burkitt in training for her charity cycle ride to Brussels

A woman is preparing for a charity cycle challenge in memory of her twin sister who died in a car accident.

Nikki Burkitt, 40, will take on the difficult challenge of cycling 400 miles from Peterborough United Football Club to Brussels.

As well as raising money for the Free Kicks Foundation, a Peterborough-based charity provides footballing memories for ill, bereaved and deprived children, Nikki is hoping to complete the challenge in memory of her sister Michelle Ingram.

Michelle died in July 2007 aged 33 after her car crashed into a ditch in Langtoft close to where she lived.

Nikki, who works as a police officer in Shropshire, said: “I am desperate to keep Michelle’s memory alive, which is why I am doing this ride in memory of her. I miss her so much - half of me is missing.

“I think Michelle would think I was mad for taking on this challenge but she knew how dedicated I am to sport.”

Nikki has competed in triathlons and Ironman events before and signed up for this challenge, after celebrating her 40th birthday in December.

She will join a team of about 25 riders, which include Michelle’s husband Darren.

The team is being supported by Nikki’s parents Margaret and Barry Burkitt, of Ancaster Road, Bourne, and Michelle and Darren’s daughter Amy, eight, as well as Darren’s partner Louise and her three children.

A team took part in a similar ride last year, raising more than £16,000 for the charity, but this year they hope to take a longer route and complete it in fewer days.

The team is hoping to top £20,000 with this year’s ride, which starts on April 27 and will see the team ride through five countries in just four days.

Nikki, who used to be a football referee in the area, said it was a worthwhile cause.

She said: “Seeing the faces of children light up when they get a dream come true is just magical especially if they are terminally ill.”

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