WET AND WILD: Simon Ackling, a 26-year-old electrician, rode nonstop for 24 hours around the Gladstone Marina for charity.
WET AND WILD: Simon Ackling, a 26-year-old electrician, rode nonstop for 24 hours around the Gladstone Marina for charity. Paul Braven

Riding in the storm for a good cause

WHILE everyone else was at home watching storms roll through Gladstone, Simon Ackling was out riding his bike.

He's spent the last 24 hours riding around the Gladstone Marina and Spinnaker Park, and finished up at 1pm today.

It's a gruelling thought, but he had a good reason for taking on the unusual challenge.

"My aunty passed away several years ago from cancer and I wanted to do something to raise funds for childhood cancer research," 26-year-old electrician said.

"I started at 1pm on Friday afternoon and it was pretty much non-stop except when I had to fill my water bottles."

Adding to the challenge at the marina's 6.67km circuit was a thunderstorm that swept through in the early hours.

"I was a bit cold and wet and was getting pretty dirty, but it was worth it," Ackling said.

"I was very sore and my brain began to shut down and the legs did not want to do any more than 20kph."

Ackling's courageous cause has raised $2070.

People can also chip in toward the fight against childhood cancer by logging onto the Great Cycle Challenge Facebook site.