From Mouths To Miles
It will be blood, sweat and gears for Huw Jones when he gets on his bike in London and cycles 280 miles to Paris in just 24 hours.
The senior orthodontic technician at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is taking part in the strenuous sponsored ride to raise money for Scope, a cause close to his heart.
Describing the plan as “slightly insane” Huw said it was the idea of a former colleague Stefan Abela who came up with the plan when they were working together last year “In the warmth and comfort of a nice dry Orthodontic department, it seemed like a good idea at the time.”
The pair will leave Blackheath, London at 3pm on July 4th and cycle to Dover then jump on a ferry and ride through the night as soon as they touch land in France. They need to arrive at the Eiffel Tower by 3pm on July 5th to complete the challenge.
“The distance is huge and the last two years have seen abysmal conditions, so we could be fighting mother nature and our own bodies to attempt the largest mileage either of us have ever done.”
Huw is hoping he can raise around £1,500 and says Scope is a cause particularly close to him because “I have a friend with cerebral palsy and Scope sorted her out with a wheelchair. She is a fabulous person and seeing how they helped her has inspired me to do this.”
In preparation for his tough ride he has built his own bike and cycles to and from his work at the hospital with plenty of extra road cycling in all weathers to get ready for the challenge. ”I love cycling it clears my head, helps me deal with shifts and keeps the weight down”.
Huw and Stefan are taking part in the Norwich 100 cycle ride this weekend as part of their preparations. Later the same day he is planning some more training accompanied by his wife, Clair, and young son Carwyn.
He may find he needs his wife’s help after his gruelling 24 hours because she is a physiotherapist at the N and N!
To donate to his cause please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Huwjonesy