Bike stolen from Grantham-based sports charity Inspire+

This bike was stolen from Grantham-based sports charity Inspire+.

This bike was stolen from Grantham-based sports charity Inspire+.

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Sports charity Inspire+ has been hit by the theft of a bicycle from its kit store.

The road bike, due to be used as part of the charity’s upcoming ‘Tour De SK’ festival across South Kesteven, was stolen over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Operations manager Chris Grave said he was “disappointed,” adding: “As any children from Inspire+ schools will know, this year the bike has been traveling around the schools as part of the annual Legacy Tour, which this year focused on the charity’s ambassador, adventurer Sarah Outen MBE.

“The schools used the bike to see how many miles as a school they could bike in 24 hours, which included one school and its community non-stop peddling for a full 24 hours! The bike totalled 2,866 miles during the tour, not quite the 20,000 miles Sarah covered on her bike Hercules.

“Over the past two years the bike has helped to inspire thousands of local young people into getting more physically active and trying healthier lifestyles. With the bike due to soon be used in the charity’s Tour De SK festival, everyone is deeply saddened by its theft.”

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency 101 number, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.