A MANSFIELD woman who lost her father to cancer is cycling from London to Paris to raise money in his memory.
Sharon Barton, of Spinners Close, off Sutton Road, will be joined by dozens of cyclists on the Macmillan Cancer Research London to Paris Cycling Challenge.
The iconic event covers nearly 500km in just four days taking in stunning scenery before finishing at the Eiffel Tower.
Sharon (37) is a member of the Mansfield Triathlon Club and will be accompanied by fellow club member Anton Newell.
The pair have been training for the event on 4th July which starts with a ride from Blackheath, London, to Dover followed by three days of cycling from Calais to Paris.
Sharon, a keen cyclist for four years, lost her father to cancer in December last year. Anton’s mum died from cancer and his wife is recovering from breast cancer.
Sharon cycled from London to Brighton last year to raise money for Macmillan after her father’s diagnosis. She is expecting a much tougher test this time around.
“We will be doing about 90 miles a day so it will be like the London to Brighton ride again and again,” she said.
“I had spoke to my dad about doing the Paris ride, and after he passed away, I was even more keen to do it.
“Watching my dad deal with his cancer with so much courage and bravery throughout his illness was outstanding and showed me even more what a wonderful dad he truly was.”
Sharon has been doing about 10 hours training a week to ensure she is well prepared.
She said: “I could do it tomorrow but want to make sure I’m comfortable and can enjoy it.
“The ride finishes by coming down the Champs-Élysées to the Eiffel Tower so should be a great experience.
“The motivation for me is knowing that my dad will be there waiting for me. I know he will be there in spirit.”
l To sponsor Sharon visit www.justgiving.com/Sharon-Barton27 for Anton’s page log on to www.justgiving.com/anton-newell.