Builders merchant director Martin Pilgrim of independent builders merchant Birkenhead Building & Roofing Supplies Ltd has successfully ridden from London to Paris along with five friends.
Between them, Pilgrim and Simon Roberts, Ian Smith, Alan Todd, Neil Caitens and Ryan Willis, helped to raise over £12000 for Action Medical Research, covering the 340 miles over four days along with 400 other riders.
The team left Chessington at 8am and covered 78 challenging miles to Portsmouth were they boarded an overnight ferry to St Malo, then rode to Mayenne – 86 miles through the French countryside. The third day was the longest; a leg wobbling 118 miles from Mayenne to Chartres, with numerous climbs.
“The final day from Chartres to Paris was a measly 58 miles, the pain from every one of the 320 miles was instantly forgotten when we made our way around the Arc de Triumphe and arrived at our finish line under the magnificent Eiffel Tower,” Pilgrim said.
“I am currently experiencing what must be some kind of mid-life crisis, taking part in various endurance events, but this has been my toughest challenge to date. Not only was it very physically demanding but also very tough mentally, spending that long on the bike gives you too much time to think about how much it hurts.”
Action Medical Research offers hope to many thousands of families across the UK who are dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, have a child affected by disability, or who are facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare and devastating disease for which there is no cure.
“I would like to thank all the people and companies that have sponsored us, with special thanks going to our main team sponsor Roto Roof Windows, in these dire financial times it is very refreshing to know that people still care enough to give up some hard earned cash.