Fenland man raises more than £1,600 for charity cycling from London to Paris in less than a day

Stephen Mavin

Stephen Mavin - Credit: Archant

A FENLAND man cycled from London to Paris in little more than 22 hours.

Stephen Mavin, 37, who swims for the March Marlins but lives in Somersham, was one of 300 riders who pedalled nearly 300 miles to the French capital against the clock.

He covered the distance in a staggering 22 hours and 13 minutes, raising more than £1600 for Scope, a charity which works with disabled people and helps support their families at every stage of their lives.

He said: “It was a fantastic weekend which was very well organised with 300 determined riders participating and trying to reach the finish line in under 24 hours.

“Although not all riders reached Paris in under 24 hours all were supportive of each other and I felt a great sense of team spirit, particularly throughout the night.

“Despite the 30 plus degree heat which felt like a furnace in Paris I really enjoyed the challenge and it is one I shall never forget.

“It was quite surreal at times riding through the night, watching the sun come up and then seeing the Eiffel Tower in the distance which was becoming ever closer with every pedal.”

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