Farmers take on London to Paris cycle trek

L-R James Pocklington and Peter Craven of Mill Farm, Sutterton, preparing for a two man cycle ride from London to Paris.
L-R James Pocklington and Peter Craven of Mill Farm, Sutterton, preparing for a two man cycle ride from London to Paris.

TWO farmers are putting their pedal power to the test by taking on a charity trek from London to Paris.

The Fen Farmers, Peter Craven of Wigtoft and James Pocklington of Brothertoft, began their 300-mile quest on Wednesday and aim to finish at the Eiffel Tower in just four days.

The pair are taking on the two-wheeled challenge to raise money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Alzheimer’s Society.

The pair wanted to support the air ambulance given that farmers do dangerous work, often in remote locations, and were also keen to support the fight against dementia.

They have been working with Yello Velo to train for the trek, going on weekly rides, including some in The Wolds

Ahead of the ride, Peter told The Standard: “It has been a long way away and then suddenly it’s there.

“I think we’re now quite looking forward to making a start.”

The first day will see Peter and James cycle from London to Calais, via a ferry ride. Day two takes them to Arras, day three passes the First World War battlefields of the Somme before ending in Compiegne and the duo then finish on day four before speding a day in the French capital and catching the Eurostar home.

To support them visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/thefenfarmers