Getting the wheels in motion for 2010’s £1 million challenge! | Action Medical Research

Touching Lives - October 2009

Getting the wheels in motion for 2010’s £1 million challenge!

Almost 600 riders sped from London to Paris for Action Medical Research this year raising an astounding £900,000.

Their efforts have made 2009 the most successful so far for the charity’s London to Paris cycle event and put the magic million in all our sights as the goal for 2010.

Along the way this year we had story after story of grit and determination as participants pushed themselves to meet the personal challenge of tackling a 300-mile cycle to the French capital.

Friendships were forged, there was laughter and tears in equal measure and muscles ached like never before but at the finish line in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower it would have been hard not to have experienced the rush of personal triumph.

Included in the many tales from 2009 was the Eastgate/Club Kingswood team of 16 riders raising around £22,000 with the promise of British Land paying Action Medical Research a further £22,000 to match it.

We had television doctors Dawn Harper, Pixie McKenna, Sarah Jarvis and Rob Hicks (see page X), husband and wife team Simon and Sarah Collier who rode all 300 miles pulling a one-metre Paddington bear behind them and even a marriage proposal when Chris Turner popped the question to Jasmine Smith at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. We are delighted to report that after cycling every inch of the route with the engagement ring in his kit, Chris was accepted! Phew!

In 2010 we are introducing a three-day cycle option for those seeking the ultimate challenge and will now be offering a total of five routes to choose from.

Between 21 and 25 July next year you could be among the chosen helping us to raise £1 million! But hurry as places go almost as fast as our cyclists! For more information see our website or contact Oly Watts, International Cycling Events Fundraiser, on 01403 327443. E-mail:

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