Gloucestershire cyclists Tim Marshall and Mark Lawrence battled fierce winds and torrential rain to complete their four-day, 500-kilometre charity bike ride.
The pair were greeted at the finish by family and neighbours who created a mini Champs-Elysees – complete with flags, bunting, French music and champagne – to welcome them home after a gruelling few days in the saddle.
Tim and Mark were due to take part in a four-day London to Paris bike ride to raise money for Cure Leukaemia. But, when that ride was postponed, they decided to do the mileage from their Cheltenham homes on the same dates, averaging 125km a day for the four days.
“It was tough,” admitted Tim. “The winds on Friday and Saturday were really fierce, and we got caught in a torrential downpour on Saturday afternoon that literally soaked us to the skin.
“But we were both determined to finish, and it was a great feeling to be greeted by so many well-wishers at the end – the support we’ve had has been incredible and kept us going through those moments when we were struggling.”
Tim and Mark are hoping to do the London-Paris ride for real at the end of September, but if that is postponed, have pledged to do the mileage locally again.
“Not sure whose bright idea that was!” joked Mark. “But it’s for a great cause, so we will happily do it again.”
You can sponsor Mark and Tim at:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Lawrence1963 or https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/timdmarshall2020
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