Charity cyclists in epic London to Paris journey

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A GROUP of friends from the Skegness area hope to raise up to £15,000 for charity after they completed an epic 300-mile cycle-ride from London to Paris.

The men left Skegness train station last week.

And they were back in the town by Monday evening after enjoying four days of glorious weather on their once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Darren Bray, who was one of the cycling team, said: “It was an amazing experience and one we will all never forget.

“There was a huge feeling of elation cycling into the heart of Paris, especially around the Arc de Triomphe and over to the Eiffel Tower.

“We were cheered and greeted at the tower by partners who had made the trip over.

“Also touching was the support and congratulations from total strangers in London, enroute and especially at the Eiffel Tower.

“We have raised to date approx £14,000 to £15,000 through the generosity of friends, family and business associates,” he added.

The cash will go to Marie Curie Cancer, Lincs/Notts Air Ambulance and the Make A Wish Foundation.

Their journey, which they funded themselves, proved a challenge for the riders at times but they always remained on course to complete their adventure within their four-day window.

Darren continued: “We suffered a few punctures, broken spokes and a couple of fallers but nothing that we couldn’t fix on the roadside.

“Day four to Paris proved a test after getting lost near to Paris but after a delay we managed to get back onto our route.”

During their travels they were supported by Christian Dales in a van who gave his time and vehicle to follow and support the team.The cyclists would like to thank everyone who sponsored and support them. Donations can still be made online by visiting their website www.pedalllingtoparis.moonfruit.com.