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London to Paris ride for The Mighty Titans of Bowerhill

A GROUP of fitness enthusiasts who train at a local gym in Bowerhill, are in training to cycle from London to Paris in the space of three days, to raise money for charity.

Nine people led by their personal trainer DJ Hussey, owner of New Era Fitness in Bowerhill, will cycle approximately 160 miles from Big Ben in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris for Wiltshire-based charity Splash.

The group are no strangers to pushing themselves to their physical limits, having completed a number of challenges in the past. “Each year myself and the guys and girls who train with me at my facility on Bowerhill take it upon ourselves to complete all sorts of awesome adventures,” said DJ Hussey.

“We run marathons and half marathons, obstacle course races, we’ve run 100km ultra marathons and mountain running races together. We even ran 515 miles together over 24 hours in a four-team relay in the Cotswolds last summer.

“Each year we do one extra special and extra big event or challenge, like this cycle ride, and raise as much money for charity as we possibly can while really challenging ourselves mentally and physically at the same time.

“We’ve walked from one side of the country to the other along Hadrian’s Wall in 2015, raising nearly £4,000 for Macmillan.

“We completed the Three Peaks challenge last year and raised £4,500 for three different charities close to our hearts – and this year we wanted to do something a little different from running, trekking or mountain climbing, so chose to cycle.”

For this challenge the team has set themselves a fundraising target of £1,800.

The Mighty Titans will set off on their three-day adventure on Friday 15th September. “We’re so ready and raring to go, physically and mentally,” said DJ.

“This is going to be amazing, of course we’re a little nervous about the challenge and the miles that lay ahead of us, but what an adventure it will be.

“Everyone has trained so, so, so hard for this and it shows in how far they have come in their own cycling abilities and strength. I’d hazard a guess that on average the team are cycling between 200-300km each, every month, in preparation.

“The biggest challenge will come in being on the road (on a very hard saddle!) for 6-7 hours every day for three straight days.”

Looking ahead to the big trip, DJ already has a fair idea what the team can look forward to. “The stories we’ll be able to tell of such an amazing challenge, the laughs we’ll undoubtedly have along the way and the whole experience of travelling from one country’s greatest landmark to another country’s greatest land mark.

“Plus all the cheese and croissants we’ll eat when we arrive at the Eiffel Tower!”

The Might Titans’s charity of choice, Splash, provides specifically designed and highly structured, free, out-of-school activities for around 250 young people each year in Wiltshire.

They prioritise young people facing challenges in life, for example those with special educational needs or disabilities, on child protection plans, in care, at risk of anti-social behaviour, young carers, or from families facing bereavement, breakdown or financial hardship.

To sponsor the Mighty Titans, visit their Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/titansvsparis