Ski accident cannot keep charity cyclist off road
A FREAK skiing accident has dashed a teacher’s ambitions of cycling from Oundle to Paris – but she is still planning to pluck up the strength to join the team for part of the journey.
Originally, Marianne Layden, housemistress of New House, Oundle School, was to join four friends on the full 280-mile trip.
But a bad leg break at Easter has dashed her plans. She is now recovering well and is hoping to be strong enough by July to join the riders for part of the journey.
Marianne said: “It was one of those stupid accidents that happen when skiing. I fell spectacularly but landed awkwardly and broke my leg in five places.
“I won’t be strong enough to complete the whole trip but I’m hoping I can do a few miles to support them along the route.”
Marc Lefebvre, Bill Gough, Didier Vincent, Sheridan Smith and Mark Rogers will leave the Market Square in Oundle at 7.30am on July 5 and four days later plan to arrive at the Eiffel Tower in paris. They are raising money for charity Volunteer Action, which supports people with disabilities in Oundle. To donate visit www.justgiving. com/volunteeraction/donate
fundraisers: (From left) Margaux Lefebvre and her dad Marc Lefebvre, with fellow cyclists Mark Rogers, Marianne Layden and Sheridan Smith who will be taking part in an Oundle to Paris bike ride.
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