- Tue 28 Jul 2015
Robin Burne, Manager of our Budleigh office and Company Director Richard Greetham, successfully conquered their mammoth task last weekend of cycling from London to Paris in just 24 hours. This arduous and extreme endurance challenge took them from the start point of Blackheath in London down to the channel ferry point of Newhaven in Sussex, a total of 95.64 miles which they achieved whilst the weather threw everything it could at them for the entire length of the 7 hour journey. Many of the roads were flooded en-route in which the intrepid duo, 2 of a total of 28 riders, never dried out.
The ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe enabled them to change into dry clothes, grab something to eat & sleep for a couple of hours. Once off the ferry, at around 5am, they were pounded by the weather once again, the comfort of dry clothes gone in an instant. The weather delivered one month’s rain in just one day! Once in France they took on the massive 144 mile push through to Paris via steep hills, winding roads and rough terrain, through picturesque villages and many towns, with their focus remaining all the way on what it would feel like to cycle along the Champs-Elysees towards their final post. Midday was a low point for the riders with energy running short for both mind, body and soul. The final route had already been closed for the finish of the Tour de France. The very best feeling of such a colossal and emotive journey was to ride the same route, going past the Arc de Triomphe and through to the Eiffel Tower where crowds were already in place to welcome the riders whilst cheering them on.
Robin & Richard have accomplished such a huge feat of endurance by cycling a total of 244 miles in a breathtakingly awesome time of 16 hours 44 minutes. It’s all been for a hugely important and life changing charity, as all the money raised will go to Action Medical Research for children. Despite enormous progress in medicine, there are still hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled children who need our help.
Action Medical Research is offering hope to the many thousands of families who are dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, striving to support a child affected by disability, or facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease for which there is no cure.
Robin and Richard have so far raised £2,600 for this fabulous cause. If you would like to donate, please visit our office in Budleigh where we will accept all donations gratefully, or please follow the link below
Many thanks to all who have supported their tremendous effort by sponsoring both Robin and Richard.
Bradleys Marketing Manager