A charity fundraiser is mid-way through his latest epic challenge with a group of friends as part of a bid to hit a £50,000 target.
Mike Shattock and five friends Adrian Copland, James Burke, Richard Barnes, Nicholas Harrity and Paul Riddel set off yesterday (Wednesday) on a cycle ride from Putney in London to Paris.
They hope to arrive by tomorrow night (Friday) but there won’t be time for a rest because on Saturday Mike and Richard will get back on their bikes to cycle back to the UK, while the other four team members will go on to run the Paris Marathon on Sunday.
The challenge will end with a race to the finish line as the marathon runners jump back in the van in a bid to beat the two cyclists back to London, where they will all finish on Monday.
The runners will be joined at the Paris Marathon by Charlie Woodward, who is hoping to complete four marathon in three months.
This mammoth effort is part of Mike’s bid to raise funds for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney, London, which has been caring for his wife Sam since she suffered a cardiac arrest in 2010.
Mike, a father of two, initially hoped to raise £10,000 for the hospital, which relies on donations with three challenges in 2010.
But the challenge has gone beyond his wildest dreams and has so far, raised more than £40,000.
Mike, 42, hopes to hit the £50,000 mark this year.
Before setting off on Wednesday, Mike, of Truesdale Gardens, Langtoft, said: “This is going to be one of the most difficult but exciting challenges yet.
“I haven’t failed at anything yet though so I am sure sheer grit, determination and Nurofen will get me through to the end.”
Mike had to take a short break from fundraising last year when he damaged his achilles tendon and spent four months in plaster.
As a result he has done little training and says cycling 560 miles over six days will be difficult.
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