Jon raises £1,800 on Paris bike trek

Jon Burch arrives at his destination in Paris (submitted)
Jon Burch arrives at his destination in Paris (submitted)

A MAN who completed a fundraising bike ride to Paris is now gearing up for a 12-hour static cycle challenge in Scarborough.

Personal trainer Jon Burch battled through torrential rain during his four-day charity cycle ride and was delighted when he finally set his eyes on the Eiffel Tower.

His is part-way through a series of fundraising challenges in aid of the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Trust, which funds research into the condition.

Jon raised just over £1,800 through the cycle ride and is aiming to reach £5,000 by the end of the year.

He said: “The only dry day on the trip was when this photo was taken! The weather was unbelievable - it absolutely chucked it down.

“The people who organised it said it was the worst weather they’d ever had. I came off my bike in the first hour but I just got up and carried on.”

Jon added that 100 people took part, all for various charities.

He said that being a personal trainer definitely helped in his preparations and training for the challenge.

Jon said: “I did enough training to get me through, but the rain did slow everybody down so much.

“People had to cross the channel on two separate ferries because one group were so far behind.”

He said the best moment was cycling up the Champs Elysees and down to the Eiffel Tower.

Jon is now getting ready for his next challenge, which will take place outside Poundland from 8am to 8pm on Saturday.

He will be cycling on a static bike for 12 hours to raise more funds for the MS Trust and also to raise awareness about the condition.

There will be a second bike available for anyone who wants to join in. The bikes are being provided by Compass Gym.

Jon said: “This week is MS awareness week, so it’s the perfect time to be doing something like this.”

Jon is looking for volunteers who can help man the collection buckets on Saturday afternoon for an hour or two.

If you can help, please call him on 07710 472383.

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