Two determined NGK employees braved the summer heatwave to complete a gruelling near 425-mile cycling marathon to raise funds for charity.
Marko Wowczyna and Stuart Bayne undertook the challenge to raise more than £13,500 for the National Autistic Society and the Downs Syndrome Association respectively.
Setting off from south London to Dover, they crossed the Channel and then cycled into Paris down the Champs Elysee, the day before the Tour De France arrived in the French capital.
After a quick celebration under the Eiffel Tower, they then crossed Paris to catch the Eurostar to return to London in time to compete in the London Ride 100 the following day, a combined distance of just under 425 miles.
Marko Wowczyna, Director – Automotive, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “It was very tough on the bikes because of the extreme heat. Stuart and I were riding in temperatures approaching 40 degrees Centigrade in open countryside in France, but fortunately we managed to achieve our goal relatively unscathed”.
“We would both like to thank NGK and the customers and friends who have donated to our two charities.” Wowczyna added.
Earlier this year, Stuart, who is Sales Manager – North for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, took part in the London Marathon, his fourth charity money-making endeavour for the DSA, having previously raised funds by taking part in last year’s London 100 Cycle ride as well as completing sponsored rides in Europe and New Zealand.