Fitness

Take Action In 2019

People on an Action UK sponsored bike ride

Looking for a challenge this year? Determined to test your stamina and endurance? Whether a cycling beginner or aficionado, children’s charity Action Medical Research (action.org.uk) have an event to suit you. Action’s London to Paris ride is one of Europe’s greatest cycling challenges. Find the new you this new year and hop on the saddle to pedal 270 miles in this four-day charity challenge. The route is steeped in history with beautiful, varying landscapes, making it gratifying for all to ride and enjoy. There are plenty of opportunities to stop off for photos, pop in to refuel at bijou cafés or simply spend time getting to know your fellow riders.

Passing through picturesque Kent countryside, riders will cross the Channel and continue south through small villages and medieval market towns. The route follows winding roads parallel to the coast as well as the shady beech-tree-lined avenues which are so typical of Northern France. With long days in the saddle and some challenging hill-climbs, the sight of the Eiffel Tower, which is the finishing point of the adventure, will evoke an enormous sense of achievement. The final day in Paris offers the opportunity to explore the sights of such a majestic city, or watch one of the world’s greatest sporting events, the final stage of the Tour de France. Over the past 20 years, Action has taken thousands of riders to Paris, many of whom return to ride again because they thoroughly enjoy the event, but don’t just take our word for it: “From the moment you sign up, the team at Action support you all the way,” explains Jo, one of its riders from the West Midlands. “You’re not just a number, the charity treats you like a real person and you build relationships with the team. The communication helps you learn all about the charity, get your fundraising going and you know you’re making a real difference to save little lives.”

Taking part in Action’s 20th anniversary ride should satisfy mind, body and soul. The freedom of the open road will give you the time and space to clear your mind, pushing your physical stamina while simultaneously doing something amazing. Action is one of the UK’s leading children’s charities funding medical research to save and change the lives of babies and children. Your tremendous efforts in the saddle could fund potentially life-saving research to help end the devastation caused by premature birth and other vital research projects across the UK, tackling some of the toughest fights our children face. So, do something amazing this year and join Team Action on the London to Paris bike ride.

Action London to Paris is running 24-28th July 2019, visit action.org.uk/healthandwellbeing for more info and to book.

Ackelina Cvijetic