Cycling to Paris in memory of his mum

09:52 30 January 2014

Heading for the Eiffel Tower - Axminster cyclist Mark Nowak in training for his 300-mile ride. Photo by Chris Carson

Heading for the Eiffel Tower - Axminster cyclist Mark Nowak in training for his 300-mile ride. Photo by Chris Carson

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Axminster man is gearing up for a 300 mile ride to the Eiffel Tower to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

An Axminster man is gearing up for a 300 mile cycle ride to Paris.

Mark Nowak, 32, will set off from London on his four day marathon in July, with the Eiffel Tower as his finishing line.

The challenge is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and he is hoping to raise around £1,600.

Mark chose the charity because his mum Pauline died from cancer, aged just 52, around 11 years ago.

He said he now felt the time was right to make something positive come from her passing by raising cash for Macmillan.

“I want to help improve the lives of people affected with cancer,” he told The Herald. “Macmillan Cancer Support does this extremely well and I wish to help as much as I can by raising lots of funds. If I can help people then that would be terrific.”

Mark, who lives in South Street, is under no illusions about the difficult ride ahead.

“The challenge itself will be tough and rigorous with difficult climbs and long days in the saddle, the first day for instance will cover 145 km!” he said.

“I wish to push myself and find out what I can achieve, the motivation to succeed is great as I know what I will be doing will help people.”

Mark, who works in the restaurant at Exeter Hospital, trains regularly on his days off – when it’s not pouring with rain – and is also getting in top shape by swimming and jogging.

“I have to put the hours in to become fit enough as consecutive days on the bicycle will take its affect,” he said.

By last week Mark had raised £417 in donations and pledges towards his target and is urging others to support his cause.

People can pick up sponsor forms or take donations into Bike Nutz cycle shop in South street, Axminster, or text MNOW66 £5 TO 70070 or give money on line at www.justgiving.com/Mark-NowakCycle2014

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