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Havering triathletes celebrate under Eiffel Tower after cycling from London to Paris

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 July 2016

Members of Havering Triathlon Club under the Eiffel Tower after completing their challenge

Members of Havering Triathlon Club under the Eiffel Tower after completing their challenge

Anita McCarthy

A dynamic team of triathletes completed an epic 260-mile cycle ride from London to Paris in just 24 hours and raised thousands for charity.

Members of Havering Triathlon Club with Mayor of Havering, Cllr Philippa Crowder and her consort Cllr John Crowder before the start of their challenge, cycling to ParisMembers of Havering Triathlon Club with Mayor of Havering, Cllr Philippa Crowder and her consort Cllr John Crowder before the start of their challenge, cycling to Paris

On Friday July 1 16 riders from Havering Triathlon Club set off from Upminster and ended their challenge the following day with celebrations under the iconic Eiffel Tower.

The club’s chairman, Graham Goddard, called the adventure “enjoyable” adding that the team had “great support” along the way.

“It was hard for the less experienced but the sense of achievement everyone felt riding into Paris and seeing the Eiffel Tower made all the pain worth it,” he said.

The cyclists were waved off by the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Philippa Crowder and her consort, Cllr John Crowder.

Mr Goddard added: “We decided to make it a charity event and have chosen to support Saint Francis Hospice because it is local and it has touched the lives of many of our members as well as our community.”

The group, which raised more than £3,000 for the hospice, were able to rest their weary legs on the way home – taking the Eurostar.

Katy Woodgate, the hospice’s fundraising events manager, said: “This is truly inspirational and an absolutely fantastic achievement.

“Every day is a huge fundraising challenge for the hospice as we seek to raise the £7.3million we need every year to cover the cost of providing our services to the community.

“We could not do it without the support of our local cycle and running clubs and we are incredibly grateful to Havering Triathlon Club for their latest efforts and hope to explore the engagement we have with the other clubs on the back of this success.”

The multisport club is affiliated with Triathlon England and British Triathlon Federation.

Several members of the group completed the Ironman 70.3 challenge in Staffordshire in June and on Sunday, August 21, the club will host the Havering Tri Aquathlon.

Visit haveringtri.co.uk for more information.


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