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York to Paris for meningitis


12:03am 17th July 2011

After months of planning and training, July 17th will see York resident Mike Hughes, 47, set off on an epic cycle ride to Paris in a bid to raise funds for research into meningitis. A keen cyclist, Mike has been in training since December in a bid to take on this challenge of 820km and arriving in Paris on July 23rd taking in an average of 120km per day. In addition, on his return from Paris, Mike will be taking on the Brecon Beacons 100 mile challenge on 7th August and finally the York 100 mile ride on 14th August.

In 28 days therefore Mike will be riding a total of 1140 km. All of these rides will be aiming to raising money for Action Medical Research.

Mike explains that in 2010, he lost a friend to meningitis:

" it was 4pm in the afternoon, Helen went to the doctors with a headache and shoulder complaint, 12 hours later she was pronounced dead and had been diagnosed with meningitis. This came as a total shock and led me to look into the causes of meningitis and its symptoms. I came across Action Medical Research, a charity that works with children but also conducts significant research into meningitis and this is what led me to start raising money for charity."

In 2010 Mike undertook the York 100, an annual sponsored bike ride organised by the charity which attracts over 500 York cyclists in a bid to raise some funds and raise the profile of this disease. Inspired and encouraged by the charities good work, Mike then set his sights on Paris and raising as much as he could by organising events with local York businesses and residents.

To date Mike has raised over £3000 for the charity and its work through organising a range of events and social acitivities with the support of local York businesses.

Not only that, Mike has inspired his friends and colleagues to get in the saddle and ride for charity too.

He will be setting off with David Kirkham, Matthew Morton and Dave Wells, all York residents who have been encouraged to take up the challenge and ride part of the way with him as well as take part in  the York 100 for Action Medical Research too.

Mike added:

"I've had great support from my friends and family, the more people I can encourage to take part in the York 100 the more money we will be able to raise for Action Medical Research.

" Also my mother is 80 yrs old on Sunday 17 July. The day I set off from York for Paris. We had a party for her last weekend as she didn't want to stop my preparation for this ride. She lives near Cardiff but she will be listening to MinsterFM online with the laptop that we got her for her birthday."

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