Norwich mum’s London to Paris cycle challenge

A woman who set up a city running club through the power of Twitter has now turned her attention to two wheels and is set to cycle to Paris.

Sarah Daniels, who lives in Eaton, Norwich, will take part in the London to Paris bike ride next month in aid of Big C.

The 44-year-old only took up cycling last year after taking part in the Tour of Britain corporate challenge. She cycled the 30 miles from Norwich to Great Yarmouth on a borrowed bike and fell in love with the sport.

The mum-of-two, founder of the #NorRace Chicks – a group of women who met through Twitter and ran the Race For Life – chose to raise funds for the Norwich-based charity after seeing friends and family battle cancer.

Mrs Daniels, who works from her Sunningdale home, said: 'I needed an exercise challenge to keep the weight off, as I love cake. When I did the Race For Life, I went from having not run since school to running 5km.

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'After doing Race For Life, I then began to focus on the cycling. I received an email from Big C asking for people to volunteer for the ride – it seemed perfect and a great challenge.'

Mrs Daniels will be taking part in the event, which starts on August 31 at Crystal Palace in London, with her friend Lara Cole, who is a consultant lawyer with Eversheds.

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The pair try to do a training ride each weekend and recently took part in the Norwich 50 and London to Brighton cycle events.

As part of the event, Mrs Daniels, who runs a health and safety consultancy with her husband Richard Mills, will cycle 90 miles from London to Dover, catch the ferry and then cycle five miles to their hotel. The next three days will see her cycle 75 miles from Calais to Abbeville, 70 miles from Abbeville to Beauvais and 60 miles from Beauvais to Paris, totalling 300 miles in four days.

Mrs Daniels needs to raise �1,400 to take part and is hoping to raise extra funds for the charity.

To boost her fundraising efforts, she has helped organise a 'Paris or Bust' band night to be held at Open in Bank Plain tomorrow night. The event will feature two Norwich bands, Camp Freddie and Buswood.

Her husband is a member of both of the bands and it is hoped their 14-year-old daughter Jasmin Daniels, who has been learning bass, will play on a couple of Buswood songs.

Mrs Daniels said: 'Cycling for four days on the trot is going to be gruelling, but it's about doing something for a worthwhile local charity. Big C is very dear to my heart.

'I have lost a good friend to breast cancer and two other friends have been successfully treated and have had reconstruction surgery. My 90-year-old nan has also recently suffered from facial skin cancer and my husband's sister died from cervical cancer. With Big C the money stays locally and who knows whether we will need their help in the future.'

Tickets for tomorrow's event are �10 in advance or �15 on the door. Doors open at 7pm and the first band will be on at 8pm.

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E-mail Sarah Daniels on or call 07770 852625 to reserve a ticket.

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