Marathon cyclists get a real Eiffel

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A train driver’s 485-mile marathon from Paris to Blackpool Tower has raised more than £6,000 for charity.

Alan Shooter set off from the Eiffel Tower with 20 other riders to raise cash for Help for Heroes and Huddersfield Town Football Club’s Keep It Up campaign to fund Yorkshire’s Air Ambulance service.

While most riders were content to cycle the usual 140-mile route from Victoria Tower in Huddersfield to Blackpool and back, Alan’s team decided to go the extra mile, or rather the extra 345 miles.

Instead, Alan’s riders set off from Paris, met the other 250 riders in Blackpool and joined them for the return leg back to Yorkshire.

Each team member paid for their own travel costs and hotel accommodation. The £6,100 raised will be split between the two charities.

Alan, who works for First TransPennine, said: “We saw an opportunity to go the extra mile, so that’s exactly what we did – and wow, we went a lot of extra miles.

“Every turn in the road made the experience what it was – amazing. And the most important thing was that, despite the varied ages and fitness levels, we remained a team the entire journey – with high spirits and support across the whole group.

“I’d like to thank 
everybody who has donated and supported us along the way.”