Cancer fundraisers cycle 296 miles

A PORTISHEAD engineer has completed a mammoth 296-mile cycle in two days to raise money for Cancer Research.

Dad-of-two Mark Ayshford, who lives in The Vale, and his friend Chris Barrow left Marble Arch in London at 8.30am on September 8. They arrived at the Arc De Triomphe in Paris, exhausted but very proud, at around 10.45pm the next day.

The 38-year-old said: “Cycling completely independently, with no back-up van or supplies was a little unnerving, especially in some of the less desirable areas, but both Chris and I are ecstatic to have succeeded in our challenge.”

The pair hope to raise about �2,000 for cancer charities.

Mark added: “Chris, who lives in France has already raised 1,000 euros and between my off-line sponsorship and our Just Giving websites we have already collected over �900 but we are hopeful there is still more to come.”

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To make a donation visit Mark’s fundraising webpage at

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