A Middleton couple’s four-day cycle ride to Paris has raised at least £3,600 for mental health patients.
Also taking part in the 285-mile ride alongside Phillip and Carole Seaman was Roy Clayton, of Narborough, who hopes to raise about £1,500 for MIND.
They were among 16 cyclists who set out on the sponsored venture from Greenwich Royal Observatory in London on Wednesday, September 11.
For Mrs Seaman, 56, the most memorable moments came in the closing stages of the ride, cycling into the French capital city along the Tour de France route.
She said: “We arrived at the Arc de Triomphe in early evening traffic as it started to rain. We then cycled through drizzle along the Champs Elysees in heavy traffic, ending up at the Eiffel Tower being photographed by complete strangers.”
Mr Seaman, 59, director of The Insurance Office in Lynn, said: “We trained on local roads doing 100-mile rides twice and regular 80 to 90-mile rides. Earlier in the year, we also hosted a charity zumbathon to kick start our fundraising.”
The couple are both members of Ryston Runners but Mr Seaman said: “Cycling has been our focus this summer due to the challenge we set ourselves.”
Mrs Seaman said they chose to support MIND because family and friends had faced mental health problems in the past. “We wanted to give something back,” she said.
Donations can still be made at their fundraising website www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/seamancumin2paris.
Mr Clayton took part in the ride to support a friend who took on the challenge in memory of a relative who had committed suicide.
He started training in April for the ride, which was led on behalf of MIND by Adventure Cafe.
“It was good fun and very well-organised. I would recommend it to anyone,” he said.
Mr Clayton had little cycling experience before taking part but trained thoroughly and said he was spurred on with the help of the Strava cycling website.
The cyclists travelled in a group during the day and relaxed together in the evenings. “When we finished for the day there was the chance to hear people’s personal stories, which was interesting,” he said.
He thanked friends and family for sponsoring him, especially work colleagues at ARM in Cambridge.
n Donations can be made at www.virginmoneygiving.com/RoyClayton.