Leicester students to cycle whole length of France for charity

Posted by er134 at Jun 10, 2013 09:55 AM |
University of Leicester English undergraduates will set off on an 800-mile cycle ride from Nice to Calais on Monday, June 17

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 10 June 2013

Two daring students from the University of Leicester are set to make an 800-mile cycle ride across the whole length of France for charity.

English undergraduates Tom Tracey and Josh Finch will cycle from Nice on the south coast of France to Calais on the English Channel – similar to the distance between Land’s End and John o’ Groats.

The keen cyclists will raise money for Sport Relief – a biennial charity event which raises money to help vulnerable people in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

The pair will begin their ride on Monday, June 17 – and aim to cycle a gruelling 70 to 100 miles each day.

Their journey will take them through the sweltering Mediterranean heat of the South as well as challenging mountainous areas in central France.

They are aiming to cycle through the Combe Laval region, a picturesque and famous stretch of road that winds around a huge cliff face, tunneling into the rock.

When they reach Calais, they will catch a ferry back to the UK.

The pair have been doing as much cycling as they can to prepare for the trip – and have already collected £500 in sponsorship from friends, family and other supporters.

Tom Tracey, who has just finished his second year, said: “It’s a great challenge that we are looking forward to. It is a long way but we really enjoy cycling and feel this is a great opportunity to raise money as well as do something we will never forget. I am a bit worried about only taking two sets of clothes to last me for up to two weeks though!”

“We feel that our challenge is in keeping with Sport Relief’s theme of getting active to raise cash. All the money we raise will help people living unimaginably tough lives, in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.”

Josh Finch said: “800 miles of road is quite a daunting challenge but we both really enjoy our cycling so I think that it won't be too painful. We hope to raise awareness and money for Sport Relief who work in the UK and abroad providing support for communities living in severe poverty.”

Tom Tracey, 20, is from Stafford, Staffordshire, and Josh Finch, 20, is from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the pair can visit: www.justgiving.com/NiceToTheNorth

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For more information please contact: Tom Tracey on tt87@student.le.ac.uk

About Sport Relief:

•       As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. All the money raised by the public helps people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

•       For some ideas on how to get involved in Sport Relief, visit the website: www.sportrelief.com

•       Over the past decade, a staggering £124m has been raised through Sport Relief and a lot of lives have been transformed as a result.

•       Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

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