TWO Olympic torchbearers are preparing for a ‘Home 2 Rome’ cycle ride in an effort to raise much needed funds for a children’s charity.
Richard and Angela Bebbington, of Ashby, are both no strangers to sporting challenges which include cycling from Lands End to John O Groats, trekking to Everest Base Camp and running numerous marathons.
Their latest effort will again help raise funds for Wishes 4 Kids – which grants wishes to terminally ill or disabled children.
The ‘Home 2 Rome’ challenge, starting in August 2013, will take three weeks to complete.
Leaving Ashby they will be heading towards Portsmouth to catch the ferry over to Caen.
From Caen they will have more than 150 miles to complete in two days, taking them to Pithiviers.
Once there they will have a well-earned rest, taking in the sights and hospitality of Pithiviers, a French town twinned with their home town of Ashby.
On leaving Pithiviers, the pair will then head towards the Alps, via Auxerre, Chalon-sar-Soan and Annecy.
Following routes taken by the Tour De France they will cross the Alps along Beaufort and the Petit St Bernards Pass.
Once in Italy, they will travel to Pisa where they will be able to admire tourist attractions such as the leaning Tower of Pisa.
Once they leave, they will be on the home stretch heading down towards Rome, completing around 1,400 miles in total.
In 2012, Richard, while Mayor of Ashby ran 12 marathons in 12 months.
This latest challenge is totally self-funded, allowing every penny raised to go directly to their nominated charity.
The couple also organise activities other people can participate in such as the Ivanhoe Way Challenge.
These have all helped to raise more than £40,000 for the charity.
More is available by visiting www.ivanhoechallenge.co.uk or www.justgiving.com/Home2Rome2013