Mammoth biking challenge raises £50,000 for charity

The 20 riders setting out from Paris

The 20 riders setting out from Paris

First published in News

GREETED with cheers and hugs, 20 cyclists completed a 400-mile bike which raised £50,000 in memory of a tragic young man.

Family, friends and cricket playing colleagues of Rob George spent last week cycling from Paris to Colchester in memory of the 21-year-old, who died last December following a long battle with cancer.

On Thursday night the group took the ferry to Harwich, where they enjoyed breakfast courtesy of the Harwich Pier hotel before cycling the final 20 miles on Friday morning.

They were welcomed to the Colchester & East Essex cricket club in Castle Park with cheers and hugs from around 40 family and friends, along with a glass of champagne.

Rob’s mum Lorraine estimated the ride had raised £50,000 for the Rob George Foundation, which helps young people with serious illnesses or who have little income but a lot of sporting or artistic talent.

See Monday's Gazette for the full story and more pictures

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree