Melton man Gareth is pedalling to Paris

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Forty-six-year-old Gareth Collins has taken up cycling for the first time since his mid-20s in order to tackle a 24-hour cycle challenge.

Gareth, of Oak Road, Melton, is aiming to take part in a charity bike ride from London to Paris.

He said: “It is a total of 280 miles and the aim is to do it in 24 hours.

“It is in aid of Scope, a really good charity but one that is possibly not as well known as some of the bigger ones.”

In order to take part in the event, Gareth must raise at least £600 by mid-April.

He explained: “Unfortunately, I only entered the event quite late and need to make the deadline in April to guarantee my place, so I am hoping to find a principle sponsor, or sponsors.”

He would like to hear from anyone wishing to sponsor him, and says he would happily put the name of the sponsor on his cycling shirt for the event. If you think you can help, contact Gareth on 07725 264348.

Gareth is no stranger to challenges, having lost five stones in weight over the last 16 months.

“I did weigh 21 stones and am now down to around 16 stones,” he said.

“I am hoping to get to near 14 stones by the time the event takes place.”

The London to Paris cycle challenge sets off from Blackheath on Saturday, July 4.