The Eiffel Tower awaits as Barbara plans to pedal to Paris for charity

Barbara Kettlewell. EMN-150223-134008001
Barbara Kettlewell. EMN-150223-134008001

A pilates teacher from Sleaford is cycling from London to Paris in April to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society.

Barbara Kettlewell began cycling two years ago, and last year she cycled the 100k (62 miles) London Nightrider for women’s cancer charities (breast, cervical and ovarian) and the Suffolk 56k (35 miles) for a children’s charity.

Now she has set her sights on cycling to the French capital.

She will be joined by her friend Emma Pickett and 164 other cyclists for the 300-mile, four-day ride, setting off from Crystal Palace on April 22 and crossing the finishing line under the Eiffel Tower on April 26.

Barbara, who has been training indoors over the winter, is about to hit the roads and increase her training as she gears up ahead of the event.

She is also busy fundraising and has organised a ceilidh to raise money. The ceilidh is being held at Hale Magna Village Hall, Great Hale on Saturday, March 28.

It is a ticket only event and anyone interested in attending can contact Barbara on 07743 817232 by March 18. Tickets are priced £7.50.

Barbara would also like to hear from anyone wishing to sponsor her or make a donation.

In last year’s London-Paris event, participants consumed 2,000 jelly babies, drank 1,000 litres of water, required 50 new inner tubes, pedalled 6.9 million rotations and consumed 1.6 million calories.