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Cycling to Cannes

PUBLISHED: 16:21 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:12 02 July 2010

A CYCLIST from Barking is planning to undertake an exhausting journey from London to Cannes in just five days. Norman Speller, 52, of Shaw Avenue, will cycle the 1,500km to help raise money for four different charities. Architects for

A CYCLIST from Barking is planning to undertake an exhausting journey from London to Cannes in just five days.

Norman Speller, 52, of Shaw Avenue, will cycle the 1,500km to help raise money for four different charities.

Architects for Aid, The Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust, The Sarah Matheson Trust and Land Aid will all benefit from the sponsored cycle.

The cyclists set off on Thursday March 6 from London to Folkestone, and then catch the Eurostar across the channel.

After staying the night in Calais they will cycle down through France to Cannes and should arrive around 3pm on Tuesday March 11.

Norman along with two friends is taking part in this charity cycle and they hope to raise £3,000 each.

Norman took up cycling about three years ago, speaking about how he got into the sport Norman said: "I used to be a joiner by trade and when I started doing office work I realised I wasn't as active as I had once been.

"So I felt I had to do something to get fit and took up cycling.

"It was something I thought I would be able to do on the way to and from work."

Now Norman wants to turn his love of cycling into a power for good by taking part in this epic charity cycle, he said:

"A friend of mine was very keen to do this and so we got in touch with the director.

"There needed to be three of us to take part, one of the guys cycling is my boss and the other guy works for a firm that our company does quite a lot of business with.

"People have been great with their donations so far but we always need more.

"I take part in the London South End I really enjoy the challenge that these types of events will present you with.

"To be honest I mostly do it for the cycling it's something I have really fallen in love with."

Even though he will be cycling 100 miles per day Norman does not seem at all daunted by this mammoth task.

He looks upon his challenge with a cheery optimism that is impressive in itself - good luck to him!

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