June 19 2013 Latest news:
Alistair Kleebauer, Senior reporter
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A Newbury Park businessman has successfully completed a 300-mile bike ride to Paris while raising £2,526 for forces charity Help for Heroes.
Kevin Clarke, 51, of Clintons Property Management in Stainforth Road, set off on August 26 from Marble Arch to the French capital, completing 98 miles on the first day.
Over the following three days, he and friend Gavin Hall pedalled their way towards the Arc de Triomphe which they reached on August 29.
Mr Clarke said: “It wasn’t a walk in the park. The first day was probably the hardest.
“We didn’t go on main roads so we saw the beautiful French countryside.
“The French drivers were very courteous.”
After his challenge, he said he would do it again, though not until next year.
Mike Crocker, the vice-chairman of Redbridge Chamber of Commerce, said the business group was proud of Mr Clarke’s achievement.
Visit www.bmycharity.com/KevinsLondon2Paris to make a donation.