Local resident, Peter Holland is to embark on a 470-kilometre journey from London to Paris – by bike. Starting in Blackheath on Wednesday 17 August, he aims to finish on the following Saturday (20 August), under the Eiffel Tower.
Holland, who lives on Ann Lane, will be cycling with a group of 30 others from around the country, including university friend Laura Mackay, in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Holland said: "Why Macmillan? I find cancer the most frustrating disease and one in four in the UK will have treatment for some form of the disease. I had one year where my grandad, a close family friend and my singing teacher all died from Cancer, the latter two in their fifties. Macmillan help support people in these times."
Holland has been training by cycling as much as possible and joining Chelsea Sports Centre. Over a year ago he gave up public transport in favour of his bike and has been cycling to places such as Windsor and Greenwich.
He added: "The challenge – and I say challenge, as I shudder at the thought of committing to these 470 kilometres – is going to be hard. I'm by no means athletic, I hated PE at school and the thought of getting saddle sores is enough to make me weep. But I'm keen and extremely passionate about cycling."
To help Holland reach his target of £1,400, sponsor him here, or by texting "PETE85" plus the amount you wish to give to 70070.