There were steep hills to climb and tough roads to negotiate, but the six friends who cycled from London to Paris for charity say they can’t wait to start the next challenge.
Particularly, as it helped them raise more than £6,000 for three good causes - the Thorpe Hall, peterborough, new hospice appeal, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Heltwate School, in North Bretton.
“We had a great time,” said Antony Squires. “Even though there were 1,500ft climbs along the 290 miles from Greenwich Observatory to the Eiffel Tower, we really enjoyed the experience.”
The team included Simon Burdock, Pete Callcutt, Antony Squires, Andrew Winham and Mark Richardson, from Baston, and John Higgins from Stamford.
The men, ranging in age from late 30s to 50 have raised money for charity in the past through Sportive, the British cyling challenge, and also through the annual fireworks display in Baston. But the London to Eiffel Towler ride was the longest cycle ride they have undertaken.
The money has come from sponsorships from Winham Hughes, Norton Rickett, Sycamore Harley Davidson, Cyclewright, the White Horse (Baston), ARC Welding, Multifab, X-Press Legal Services, Buckles Solicitors, the Stores Depot, Switch Electrical Wholesale, UrbanEdge Design, City Plumbing, Toolfix Services & Sandall Roofing.
They also have a year’s subscription to Sky HD Movies & Sport that will be auctioned off shortly.
Donations can still be made at https://www.justgiving.com/teams/BastonLondontoParis or http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/baston-breakaway