A GROUP of mates are to embark on a gruelling bike ride from London to Paris.
They have taken up the challenge to raise money for the Red Balloon Appeal - an initiative run by Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Neal Lamont, Daniel Webb, Sam Sneyd and brothers Jamie and Nick Berry will begin the marathon effort in April.
Setting off from Hampton Court, they hope to cross the finish line - beneath the Eiffel Tower - four days later.
Jamie said: “We decided to do the ride as our family owe a huge debt of gratitude to the hospital.
“Nick spent the first two years of his life there with a serious heart condition and we have been thinking of ways that we could make a contribution for a while, this suddenly came up in conversation and sounded just far-fetched enough to be a good idea. We mentioned it to our friends and before we knew it we had a team.’’
But the team - who hail from south Birmingham - are under no illusions about the challenge they face and every weekend they train to get in condition.
Jamie said: “Whilst we are no slouches, this is by no means something that we would normally do.
“We are looking to do the bulk of our training across the coldest months of the year and this will doubtless be the cause of much amusement to our friends and families, but it is all part of the challenge to us.’’
Now the fivesome are looking for sponsors - having already won the backing of Bannatyne’s Gym in Brindley Place.
People will be able to follow the team’s progress at their blog - go to http://tower2tower.wordpress.com/