Fence Club bike ride brings in over £30k

Nine riders covered 240 miles from London to Paris over three days.
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The London to Paris bike ride in aid of The Fence Club has been hailed a success - with the nine riders raising over £30,000 and all completing the course, despite two broken ribs and a compressed lung for Robert Mann.

Mann, along with Phil Green, Mary Wood, Steve Dawkins, Robert Green, Phil Hooper, Kevin Jones, Roddy Bridges and Steve Wilks, set off from Greenwich for the Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 28th. They were supported by Dennis McMullen, James Mann and Kirsty Baxter, who were on hand on the campervan with drinks, Vaseline and bacon rolls.

In the three days, they covered 240 miles, with the route taking the riders past notable spots such as Biggin Hill and the South Downs, while in France they travelled along the Route Verte which had opened for the London 2012 Olympics.

The £30,000 will go to disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK and Ireland.

The only mishap on the tour was a crash 20km outside of Paris, which left Mann in hospital with two broken ribs and a compressed lung - and he told ToyNews he was still "feeling a little sore".

However, all nine made it back to the UK on Sunday July 1st. And a number of hardly used bikes are now for sale relatively cheap...

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