Wrangle Olympian Melanie Marshall joins sports stars including Rebecca Addlington on cycle challenge

Rebecca Addlington and Melanie Marshall

Rebecca Addlington and Melanie Marshall

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SWIMMER Melanie Marshall has joined fellow athletes Rebecca Addlington, Jo Jackson and Ross Davenport to train for a cycling challenge taking place in Africa.

Mel, originally from Wrangle, took part in the British Gas Bikes Britain challenge as part of her training for a 280-mile Bike For Africa charity cycle in Zambia next month.

Rebecca Adlington joins British gas bikes britain in nine days from Uddingston to Windsor to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Rebecca Adlington joins British gas bikes britain in nine days from Uddingston to Windsor to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital

As part of the challenge she took part in the Midlands Leicester to Oldbury leg of the ride from Glasgow to Windsor to raise money for Great Ormond St Hospital.

She was joined by former double Olympic champion Rebecca Addlington, former Olympic bronze medallist Jo Jackson and former Commonwealth champion Ross Davenport.

The quartet of athletes will now leave the UK on October 3, for the four-day 280-mile cycle from Livingstone to Lusaka which aims to raise £50,000 for the Sport in Action charity

The money will go towards extending an existing AIDS hospital, and during the course of their visit they will visit UK Sport-backed charities and stay with local families.

Mel and Rebecca will also give lessons at a pool which is funded by money already raised by Mel, who became a Sport in Action ambassador after she retired following the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.