London the Paris cycle challenge

A children’s charity is hoping to capitalise on the recent surge in popularity of cycling as it looks for people to take part in a sporting fundraiser.

Ormiston Children & Families Trust is aiming to recruit a group of at least 20 people for what’s described as one of the best cycling experiences in Europe – the London to Paris Cycle Challenge. After Team GB’s cycling triumph at London 2012, the success of the Tour of Britain and Bradley Wiggins scooping last year’s Sports Personality of the Year, the organisation is hoping there will be a lot of interest in the event.

Lucy Potter, Ormiston’s Head of Fundraising, completed the London to Paris bike ride a few years ago and

will be joining the cyclists. She said: “After all the great cycling achievements in 2012 we’re really hoping people will be inspired to take on their own sporting challenge. London to Paris is one of the best cycling routes in Europe - the setting is so picturesque and the finishing line is at the Eiffel Tower in Paris which is just stunning.”

Kim Radley was one of the first people who signed up to Ormiston’s London to Paris Challenge and this is

the first time she’s been involved in such an event. She added: “I enjoy challenging myself in all aspects of fitness but cycling is something that I’ve never really done before so London to Paris will definitely be hard work. I have never taken part in anything like this before and I’m really looking forward to it. When I mention it to other people I’m always told how amazing the whole experience is!”

Setting off on 26th June, the team will start by cycling through the Kent countryside before crossing the Channel and continuing through the small villages and medieval market towns of northern France.

Despite the beautiful surroundings, they will have to endure long days in the saddle, cycling up to 80 miles a day.

Ormiston has over 40 services across six counties in the East of England and all money raised from the

London to Paris event will go towards making “young lives better” in the region. In Cambridgeshire the

organisation runs two Sure Start children’s centres, runs a Travellers health advocacy project, works with families affected by imprisonment and support young parents in the region.

Anyone interested in taking part in Ormiston’s London to Paris Cycle Challenge should contact Vicky

Beckinsale on 07825 337161 or email vicky.beckinsale@ormiston.org.