Cycling to Paris for Action Medical Research

In light of James Garner’s marathon effort, I’d like to put in a sponsorship plug for my forthcoming charity cycle ride. Please read on and lend your support!

Last year the Star Inn in Bentworth, Hampshire, fielded a small team of rank amateurs to complete the London to Paris cycle ride. The picture below is evidence that we made it there, tired and saddle sore, covering 350 miles in five days. I had to cycle via Surrey to deliver a training course to a client on the first day, dressed in lycras – the client’s staff are still recovering from the shock of that particular meeting.

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We raised £13,000 for Action Medical Research, and so in 2008 a much larger team of 20 rank amateurs will ride from Bentworth to Paris via London with the goal of raising £25,000. On July 22nd a team of 20 riders will leave the pub bound for the Eiffel Tower via Croydon. This is far from your average team of fit young things on race bikes, as you’ll see from the pictures on the links – average age is probably the wrong side of 40, and there are a few of us testing the breaking strain of lycra. We’re all covering our own costs, so any donations you make will go directly to the charity.

If you can spare even a couple of pounds, then please visit the Action Medical Research sponsorship website, which accepts credit and debit cards. If you would like to get more involved, then we’re holding an auction of promises and gifts at the pub on June 7th. There are some fantastic items on offer, so please come along.

Do please support the Star Inn team, we need all the help we can get!