Barry’s bike ride for Barnardo’s

Barry Humble with his wife Pear. (PA1316-5)
Barry Humble with his wife Pear. (PA1316-5)

An accountant is training to tackle a 300 mile bike ride from London to Paris to raise funds for a children’s charity.

Barry Humble has swapped the comfort of the office for the slightly less comfortable saddle of his push bike in readiness for taking on the epic cycle ride this July.

Barry, whose wife Pearl runs Fish and Chips at Beeford, will have just over three and a half days to complete the cycle ride, something which he knows will be a challenge.

“Having never done a bike ride of any distance and frankly only doing the odd bike ride with the family, and weighing about as much as Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy combined, I quickly realised I needed to start training and quickly,” said Barry, of Station Road, Hutton Cranswick.

“I dusted down the 20-year-old mountain bike and started my training in the ice and snow of December 2012.

Two things quickly became clear in the cold of December and January, firstly 300 miles is a very long way and that I needed a more suitable bike,” he added.

Now kitted out with the appropriate set of wheels Barry has built up his training over the past several months to 35 miles a ride and plans to enter the Heart of the Wolds bike ride - a 64 mile tour around the Yorkshire Wolds and surrounding villages - on April 28.

Barry hopes to raise at least £1,700 for the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

“Very early on I realised I wanted to raise as much money as possible for Barnardo’s, who do fabulous work for all those children who need it most,” he added.

So far Barry has raised around half of his target thanks to the generosity of local businesses, friends and family.

Pearl has agreed to sponsor him a further £100 and anyone who wants to make a donation can do so by visiting the website www.justgiving.com/Barry-Humble

Alternatively there is a collection tin at Fish and Chips at Beeford.

Barry added: “I would of course appreciate all sponsorship, large or small.”