September 29th, 2016

Charlie hits top gear in Stratford to Paris ride

Charlie hits top gear in Stratford to Paris ride Charlie hits top gear in Stratford to Paris ride
Mission accomplished: Charlie Johnson on her arrival in Paris. Picture courtesy of Julian Johnson. (s)
Updated: 10:15 am, Aug 05, 2015

SHIPSTON youngster Charlie Johnson produced a superb cycling effort in the name of charity as she cycled from Stratford to Paris.

Twelve-year-old Charlie, a student at Chipping Campden High School, is a keen cyclist and a member of both Stratford athletic and cycling clubs and she proved her staying power in an epic charity event which raised more than £2,300 for Stratford-based Cyclists Fighting Cancer.

Charlie’s trip to the French capital was planned over 18 months and included a three-day test ride from coast to coast across England last year.

Charlie and her Dad Julian took seven days to cover the 306 miles. They left the RSC on the first Saturday of the school summer holidays and arrived at the Eiffel Tower on the Friday afternoon, just in time to watch the final stage of the Tour de France.

Cyclists Fighting Cancer enables children and teenagers living with cancer across the UK to regain their physical fitness, strength and confidence by giving them new bikes, adapted trikes, tandems and other equipment and support.

Mike Grisenthwaite, founder and chief executive of Cyclists Fighting Cancer, said: “It never ceases to amaze me when people give so much to support our charity. Charlie has raised the bar so high with her extraordinary effort, not only in cycling such a long way at her age, but by the way she went about raising money by engaging her school, family and friends along the way.

“Everyone involved with CFC is extremely grateful to her and her Dad, Jules.”

“Although seven days of continuous cycling is tiring, I really enjoyed the trip,” said Charlie.

“There were some tough moments, the two days of rain, the punctures and the hills. However, knowing how Cyclists Fighting Cancer uses the money raised and the support from the trip’s social media followers kept me going to Paris.”

To find out more information and support Cyclists Fighting Cancer, visit Charlie’s sponsorship page which is still open at www.charlie.bike.

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