Cyclist Alex raises cash in his gran’s memory

Charity cycle ride from London to Paris.
Charity cycle ride from London to Paris.
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A CARING Duffield man was ‘magnifique’ as he cycled 322 miles from London to Paris in memory of his beloved nan.

Alex Pierrepont, 35, raised more than £3,300 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

He decided to collect for the charity after seeing his nan Peg Elliott suffer from the degenerative disease during the final five years of her life.

Peg died last January, aged 81.

Alex, who did the ride alongside his friend Matt Vernon, said: “It was hard work! But it was fantastic. It was also quite an emotional trip, but it was good, really good.

“And it was a fantastic, fitting tribute to my nan.”

The ride took four days and ended with a cycle on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

Day one was a “very hilly” ride to Dover, before a ferry to Calais and an overnight stay in the port.

Day two was between Calais and Arras. The third day was a ride to Compiegne, which Alex said was done in the wind and rain, before the final day’s journey into the French capital.

“Once we got to the end of day three, I kind of got used to it,” said Alex. “The first day was the hardest.”

The ride into Paris was particularly memorable. Alex said: “The traffic was a bit hectic. But it was great, people were ringing bells and taking pictures.”

On the way, Alex also took in a visit to the Battle of the Somme memorial, which bears the name of his great grandad.

He added that he was delighted with the amount raised — his target was £3,000 — and said: “A big thank you to everyone for being so generous, and especially to the Pattenmakers Arms in Duffield and Duffield Meadows Primary School for all their help.”