Pedal to Paris set to raise £20k for charity

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 August 2014

Nic Bracey team at the Eiffel Tower

Nic Bracey team at the Eiffel Tower

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A DOZEN keen cyclists put their best foot forward and completed a 300-mile tour to raise around £20,000 for a popular town charity.

Mark and Nic's team enjoying the finishMark and Nic's team enjoying the finish

The group set off on July 23 on the gruelling London to Paris ride to raise funds for Weston Hospicecare.

It took four days for the cyclists to pass through northern France and finish up at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

One of the fundraisers, Andy Hendry of Weston, said: “From start to finish of the entire journey I couldn’t have asked for more.

“The initial day was quite tough because of the heat and everyone seemed quite nervous, but by sticking together as a team we successfully made it.

Back row (L-R): Tim Stisted, Mark Sweeting, Anthony Green, Nicolette Bracey, Danny Wring.  Front row (L-R): Dianne Campbell, Tommy Owen, Kim HunterBack row (L-R): Tim Stisted, Mark Sweeting, Anthony Green, Nicolette Bracey, Danny Wring. Front row (L-R): Dianne Campbell, Tommy Owen, Kim Hunter

“After taking the ferry from Dover to Calais, the routes were absolutely amazing – we cycled past mansion houses and were even able to take time to look at some of the war memorials.

“Finishing up at the Eiffel Tower was a really poignant moment – there were lots of tears and congratulatory handshakes.

“I can’t put into words how absolutely amazing this entire trip was.”

Another participant, Nicolette Bracey of Axbridge, also took on the challenge for the hospice.

She said: “It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

“The support from the general public was fantastic – even now thinking back to people beeping their horns and cheering for us gives me shivers.

“Everyone we met on the trip now knows about the work that Weston Hospicecare does and we are definitely going to do a load more stuff to raise awareness for and support our local hospice.”

Fellow Weston cyclist Mark Sweeting said: “It was absolutely superb and the routes they took us on were amazing – very quiet and beautiful.

“It was quite an emotional moment when we had all finished as it was a tough ride but I would absolutely recommend anyone to do it if they put the training in.”

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