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Marc Rubinstein's sponsored cycle: London to Paris

Marc Rubinstein is a friend of Miriam's. He cycled from London to Paris for the MHMT, arriving on 14 September!

Marc has already passed his £5,000 target but you can still click on "Donate" in this JustGiving widget - THANK YOU!

Marc's sponsorship money went towards our £20,000 target for a specular microscope for the Miriam Hyman Children's Eye Care Centre.

Marc wrote:
As one of my wife Judith's best friends, Miriam meant a lot to me and my family.
She was a witness at our wedding, she looked after Sam when our younger son was being born, and she hand-made for all of us the most beautiful birthday cards every year. So it seemed entirely appropriate that I should embark on this challenge in her memory.

Inspired by my 10-year old son Sam's phenomenal effort at raising £969.86 for MHMT by cycling around the Cotswolds in April, I decided to be a "competitive dad" and cycle all the way from London to Paris. The ride coincided with my 40th birthday and call it a "midlife crisis" but I thought a challenge like this would be a great way to mark the occasion. I asked family and friends to sponsor me in place of birthday presents. I have been cycling for a couple of years now, mostly in and around London, but have never before tackled anything on this scale.

Well, I made it to Paris and I just wanted to thank everyone for the amazing support shown.

Thanks to your collective generosity I have been able to raise over £13,000 for the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust. The money will go a long way towards purchasing a specular microscope for the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre in India.

The ride itself was pretty good. I withstood headwinds on the North Downs, rainfall in Normandy and mad traffic on the streets of Paris finally to reach the Eiffel Tower at about 6pm on 14 September. I also had to contend with no fewer than four punctures but after some flapping around with tyre levers quickly learned how to persuade others to do the repair work for me.

True to her word, Jude was waiting patiently for me among the throng of tourists at the Eiffel Tower as I cruised in clad in lycra. And having burned over 10,000 calories on the ride (according to my snazzy new GPS device) I enjoyed a lovely dinner with her later that evening.


On 30 August Marc reported:

The past two weeks has seen me swapping the pot-holed training routes of North London for a couple of more interesting destinations abroad. First stop was Norway, about 180 miles north of Oslo. It turned out to be the wettest summer since the early 1900's and although I work in the financial markets, I had completely forgotten that it is the most expensive place on Earth, with everything roughly twice the price of what it costs in England. But in spite of it all I managed to rent a bike for an afternoon (at the same cost as one would be to buy at home) and through the rainfall and boggy terrain do a lap of Lake Gålåvatnet, taking care not to startle any moose. Hopefully the conditions will be slightly more favourable on the road to Paris.

Second stop, the Italian Riviera. If Norway was too wet, here it was too hot. However, I managed to rent a bike and going out very early in the morning to avoid the heat did a few rides along the wonderful Mediterranean coast between San Remo and San Lorenzo al Mare. I also took the opportunity to practice riding with my arms up in the air for that final push onto the Eiffel Tower, but unfortunately didn't manage to master the technique.

So bring on Paris!

Many thanks to those that have sponsored me already; if you haven't, there is still time, just click on the Donate button in the JustGiving widget at the top of this page.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to Marc for this effort for the MHMT!

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