Hawarden man cycles from London to Pairs in four days

A charity cycling challenge from London to Paris during a heatwave has seemed one man raise more than he’d aimed.

Martin Hunt completed the London to Paris cycle Challenge for Alzheimer’s Society earlier this month.

The challenge took four days to complete and covered over 80 miles a day in 37-degree heat.

Martin described it as the “toughest thing (he’d) ever done” but is proud to have finished it which his long-time friend John Irving.

The 67-year-old, who was the oldest cyclist in the group, started cycling in lockdown. He bought a bike for something to do and was originally supposed to take on the challenge last July but it was canceled because of covid.

The challenge, in which a total of 27 cyclists took part in, began on August 10 and ended on August 14 as they rode from Croydon in London to Paris.

Martin, who lives in Hawarden, wanted to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society after both of his parents sadly died of the disease. Recently, Martin was also informed that his best man, David Burbedge has also been diagnosed.

Martin has bypassed his goal to raise £2,000, having so far raised £2,589. The page is currently open and will be until the end of August for anyone who wishes to donate.

Martin said: “It was a big sense of achievement when we did it and satisfaction and able to help the Alzheimer’s as well.

“I’d like to thank everyone absolutely who has donated to the wonderful cause and the encouragement that they gave us when we were on the ride as well. It really helped so a big thank you to all of them.”

Global Adventure, based in Chester, who helped organize the event were also thanked.

To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Martin-Hunt21?fbclid=IwAR303e3sKKKdEuox0Qp3PDEbg_6K_G6ocPPNKPmh7qy2PpL4l8BUGoCdBIE

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