Rushden duo to cycle 300 miles in five days from London to Paris

Stuart and Craig from Rushden are in training to cycle from London to Paris
Stuart and Craig from Rushden are in training to cycle from London to Paris

Two men are preparing to cycle 300 miles in five days as they make the trip from London to Paris for charity.

Stuart Wells and Craig Wood from Rushden will be setting off from the London Eye on August 23 and will be looking to cycle about 60 miles each day to reach Paris five days later.

We are in training at the moment and getting out as much as we can

Stuart Wells

They are raising money for Chelsea’s Angels, the Irthlingborough-based charity which raises money and supports children fighting childhood cancers such as neuroblastoma, and The Fire fighters Charity, which provides support to fire service personnel and their families when they need it the most.

Stuart, 38, said: “My son was diagnosed with leukaemia two-and-a-half years ago and when we were in hospital, we saw a few things about Chelsea’s Angels and we got a care pack from them on the ward.”

The other charity was chosen because Craig, 50, is an ex-firefighter who also works with the London Underground firefighting team so it is a charity close to his heart.

Neither men have vast cycling experience, but Stuart said: “We are in training at the moment and getting out as much as we can.”

After leaving London, they will follow the Avenue Verte cycle route all the way to Notre Dame in Paris.

The official route they are following is 287 miles, but with a detour via the Eiffel Tower it will be about 300 miles in total.

Stuart said: “Everything is pretty much booked with the hotels, ferry and B&Bs out there.

“The only thing we haven’t got yet is the train ticket back.”

While there are a few nerves, Stuart said they are excited about getting in the saddle for charity.

He added: “We are looking forward to it, it’s going to be good.

“But there’s going to be blood, sweat and tears as we go round.”

The two cyclists have set themselves the target of raising £3,000 to be split between the charities.

As well as raising several hundred pounds so far in sponsorship, the cycling duo have received money from Rushden Round Table to help with some accommodation and travel costs.

AJ Cycles in Higham Ferrers is also supporting them, including servicing the bikes ahead of the trip and offering invaluable advice.

For more details about the fundraiser go to www.facebook.com/stucraiglondonparis2015 or to sponsor Stuart and Craig go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/stuart.craigLon2Par.