Search

Canonbury parents embark on mammoth France cycle ride for cancer charities

PUBLISHED: 16:13 21 May 2013 | UPDATED: 18:18 21 May 2013

Brest2ars cycle ride

Brest2ars cycle ride

Archant

A group of parents are set to embark on a gruelling 500km cycle ride to raise funds for cancer charities after coming up with the idea in a pub.

The parents, who have children at Canonbury Primary School in Canonbury Road, Canonbury, will start their journey from Brest in north west France to Ars in the Ile de Re, an island to the west of the country, for breast and prostate cancer charities on Thursday.

The eight amateur cyclists named the challenge “Brest2Ars” in reference to the start and finish points.

The idea for the ride was conceived at the Compton Arms pub in Compton Avenue.

One of the riders, Lu Zurawski, 48, explained: “Whenever we went to Ile de Re, the kids laughed when they saw street signs to Ars. A friend of ours mentioned they’d been to Brest. We had a “hey presto” moment in the pub when we all thought “why not do this?”

Support for the riders has gathered momentum with famous faces, including former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon and the band Coldplay re-tweeting their seal of approval for the charity ride.

To make a donation visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/brest2ars


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Islington Gazette. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Islington Gazette