London – Paris 24 Hours

On June 5th 2015 V-Sprint rider, Andy Hurst, will be riding the 240 miles from London to Paris in just 24 hours. Leaving  Greenwich on the afternoon of the 5th, his route will take him from London to Newhaven. Then it’s on to a Cross Channel Ferry to Dieppe, after which it is straight back on the bike riding through the night and morning across northern France, and finally in to Paris, where he hopes to be sipping a glass of red wine by the Seine at lunch time. This is not the first distance challenge that Andy has undertaken, in 2013 he rode from John O’Groats to Lands End in 7 days, averaging 130 miles per day, so he definitely has the experience for such a challenge.

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Whilst riding Andy will be raising money for a charity, BENltop – The Motor And Allied Trades Benevolent Fund which supports workers in the automotive industries who need help in times of hardship or distress. An appropriate charity for Andy who has worked in the motor industry since the age of 18.

This, however, is not the only 24 hour challenge happening on the 5th June, Jackie Fowler, Andy’s partner and V-Sprint ‘Rider of the Year’, (and her sister Lis Allen, another V-Sprint rider) will be attempting the Three Peaks Challenge !!! Climbing Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowden in the same 24 hour period.

So the race is on, will they all complete their challenges in the allotted 24 hours, and who will cross the finish line first?


benBEN provides care, support and advice to those in the automotive industries who need help in times of hardship or distress. They provide a wide range of support depending on the situation. This could mean helping with the cost of specialist disabled equipment for your child, giving emotional support through an illness or funding a respite break.

They also have four residential centres around the country, offering a range of services from nursing to end of life care. In addition, BEN owns and runs the UK’s first workplace day care centre, based in Coventry. Each centres provides high quality care so that they can continue to look after older people in our communities. A number of our centres offer sheltered accommodation.

It costs approximately £11million each year for BEN to continue its vital work within  the automotive industry, and it’s only thanks to the generosity of our supporters that they able to do so.

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