27 June 2012
TWENTY-five elated cyclists rolled into Blackpool
after completing their 500-mile trek to raise £50,000 for
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The riders, who included 17 water workers from North
West utility firm United Utilities, got a heroes' welcome
from colleagues and friends at the foot of the
The group had started their epic journey at the
Eiffel Tower in Paris.
United Utilities backed charity organiser Mike Naden
said, "The reception was overwhelming, it's a
tremendous feeling - but I'm tired and in a need of a
Sam Dale, one of two females on the gruelling
challenge said: "The camaraderie was amazing, and the
route back home even prettier.
"We returned from 100-mile-a-day cycle to find
that the muscles that ached the most were our stomach
muscles from all the fun and laughter en route."
The keen cyclists had to pedal 100-miles a day to
raise money for Brainwave, Donna's Dream House and
Paul Smith who took part in the cycle marathon said:
"It really is goose pimple stuff - an experience of a
Mike added: "I've got aches where I didn't know
I could get them, the bum's a bit sore, my back's a bit
achy, but it was an amazing experience.
"Personally speaking, it was the most amazing
achievement of my life."
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