Mandy Caton, Sales Administrator at Campey Turf Care Systems, has completed her London to Paris cycling challenge, raising more than £4,000 for the Breast Cancer Campaign.
Covering 300 miles over four days, she said she was swept along by the amazing camaraderie among the team of 93 riders, all with their sights firmly set on reaching the French capital.
"Although my friend Gill and I trained really hard for months, we felt a degree of trepidation in the days leading up to the start, but that all melted away once we got going and we focussed on completing one stage at a time," Mandy explained. "The whole group encouraged each other and we had a fantastic support team from Skyline, which was just as well because I needed a new tyre at one point and had two punctures to contend with!"
"The weather was dry but cold initially and the terrain was the most challenging on the first day, very hilly. The final two days were much easier, with long downhill runs on big open roads so we could relax a little and take in the sights."
"We were escorted in to Paris by support vehicles and because we were cycling in a group wearing our blue t-shirts, people stopped to clap and cheer us on, we felt like celebrities. As we approached the Eiffel Tower, the sun was shining and we were euphoric. I felt a huge sense of achievement, knowing that I'd been able to contribute to such an important cause and realise a personal ambition at the same time."
"I'd like to thank everyone who sponsored me for their generosity" she added. "The money raised will help fund innovative world-class research to understand how Breast Cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure."
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