Pedal power to Paris for cancer charity

Four days, 300 miles, six brave cyclists – and £3,000 raised!

Our Director, Samantha Harrison, and her team-mates have completed the London to Paris Bike Ride in aid of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds.

She said: "The ride went really well, but it was certainly an endurance event!

"We had severe head winds, quite a bit of rain, and some sunshine, and it was a relentless few days – no time for coffee stops! We worked together as a team and had brilliant camaraderie, which really helped when any of us were struggling."

After 308 miles across British and French countryside, arriving in a busy city was the biggest challenge. Samantha – who is a trained nurse – even had to hop off her bike to offer first aid to a fellow cyclist who had come off her bike.

The team navigated nine lanes of traffic around the Arc de Triomphe before joining a group of 200 cyclists to reach the Eiffel Tower. There, the six Harrogate cyclists sang happy birthday to Samantha's Mother and our Co-Director, Christine Mitchell, who was celebrating her 70th birthday.

"The ride was a huge challenge, especially as I hadn't ridden a bike for nearly 30 years, but I'm so proud of all of us for completing it," said Samantha.

"To be able to get to the end as part of the team and have photographs in front of the Eiffel Tower was incredibly special and something we'll all remember for the rest of our lives."

Samantha also gave a few thank-yous:

We are grateful for all the supporters who encouraged us along the way, including our family and friends. To everyone who sponsored us – a big thank you.

Global Adventure Tours whose organisation of the event was fantastic. Our charity was Yorkshire Cancer Centre, Bexley Wing. We are all so proud to sponsor such a worthy charity.

Samantha added: "Finally to Sally, Jon, Louise, Andy and my daughter Amy, I couldn't have completed such a challenge without your amazing support, teamwork and friendship. What started off as a challenge for us all back in February has now become a reality and we have achieved it!"

Donations are still welcome for the team's efforts. To support Samantha, Amy, Louise and friends on the London to Paris Bike Ride, visit the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/samantha-harrison28.

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