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Mark's London to Paris Open September 2017

Mark Quince has raised 140% of the target
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Day 4 final captains log update. Sat 16 Sept. stats:60 miles, 5 hours riding and 3090 calories burnt. Today we finally did it, arriving in Paris this afternoon, a 131 cycle convoy to cheering Parisians and car horns ablasting, passing the Arc de Triomphe, finishing at the Eiffel Tower in blazing sunshine. To say it was a tough few days is a massive understatement but with your help and generosity, we have raised a large amount of money that will be gratefully received by guide dogs and go towards training a dog for a deserving blind person thus improving their quality of life, thanks to you all. My body aches, I have sores in places I can't mention but am delighted to have finished. It only leaves me to say "au revoir and crem de la menthe". Bonjour.          Ps.... I will do one more update when back in the UK, with a photo. Adios. 

Day 3 update captains log 15th Sept. Abbeville to Beauvais. Stats: 72 miles, 7.5 hours riding and 3830 calories burnt. Today was a hard day, we left Abbeville a little later than usual but even after a nutritious breakfast it took almost 12 miles before my legs felt ok, the whole day was tough. Once again the scenery was great and the locals put on a lovely lunch. Today though was 'national puncture day' some riders repaired their own (me.... my 2nd one) but many riders sought support team help. Just to give you all an idea, 39 punctures were fixed before lunch, 61 by the end of the day. Those hills haunted me again and my legs are now very tired, just one more day to go. This has been the mother of all challenges but we are almost there. Today's weather was good with a touch of rain. Today in France was also national squirrel suicide day as I saw many blatted en route. The tour is very excited about riding into Paris together tomorrow, should be emotional, I can't wait to see the Eiffel Tower, Jacque Cousteau and Renee and the madonna with the big boobies. So until my final update I hope you all stay safe. Au Contrare, Bon appitite and a quarter of Bon bons. 

Day 2 update captains log 14th Sept. Calais to Abbeville. Stats: 80 miles, 7 hours riding and 4194 calories burnt. We left Calais early and headed south, it was sunny but rained for the final 10 miles. Its been a hard days ride (sounds like a beetles song) with some mega hills to get up. I am a little tired but I just say to myself "eet wheel bee orkay" which for the uninitiated means 'it'll be ok' in French. The countryside today was stunning with many friendly locals shouting encouragement. I had a nice lunch en route of pasta and le boeff, yummy. This is certainly a tough challenge but I want to once again thank you all for your kind donations, rest assured I am earning every penny of it for the guide dogs. So I will bid you farewell until tomorrow, au revoir, mangetout et petis pois. 

Day 1 update captains log 13th Sept. London to Calais via Dover.  stats: 107 miles (7 of which was the ferry to Calais hotel). 7.5 hours cycling, 5025 calories burnt. The day started with a gopping breakfast and a briefing on the day. Was very glad to leave the lodge behind.  So.... who put all the hills in Kent? That's what i need to know. They were a killer but at least we had a tail wind. The weather was good until we reached Dover then it rained lots. The ferry was late running and the crossing rough, it was my first day at sea since leaving the navy. Saw some lovely countryside today and some mega houses, not to mention the Oast houses a feature of Kent. Overall it's been a good day, I have made some good mates and we all worked well together on route, it was like the Tour de France. Tomorrow it's day 2 Calais to abbeville. Rain is forecast again. After today's beast of a day my legs feel fine and I have escaped a baboons backside, so my many hours of training has so far paid off. it's late now and time for bed. Catch you all tomorrow for captains log day 2. Bonjour and "Chateau neuf du Pape"!!!!

Day 0 update

Good evening everyone, well I have eventually arrived at Crystal Palace and it's blowing a hooley and raining hard, hope it's better in the morning. Alarm is set for 5am, breakfast then a brief at 06:15 before we set off. I'm staying in a hostel that quite frankly they should be paying me to stay, just a place to get my head down ( yes.... all of it ). I will post my day 1 update (captains log) tomorrow hopefully from Calais . Thank you all once again for your support. Sleep well all. Bonjour. Mark. 

This fundraising page is now closed. No further donations are being accepted.
My online donors:
Mark (for Izzy Mumford)24/10/17£20.00A very kind donation from Izzy Mumford with kind thanks form Mark.
Mark on behalf of Tracey at Greens stores Bassingham21/10/17£20.00A very kind donation from Tracey of Greens Stores Bassingham
Ben Jones11/10/17£10.00Congratulations Mark on the ride and for reaching such a fantastic total!
Mark (for Ben Jones)09/10/17£30.00Ben thank you very much for buying the specsavers voucher and donating to the guide dogs charity, thank you I very much appreciate this. Mark
Gill Weightman05/10/17£5.00Well done Mark! A fantastic achievements.
Michael Grint02/10/17£20.00Well done Mark great job. Not bad for an old bloke. Take 3 tins from the fridge.
Claire Hancock28/09/17£20.00Fantastic well done Mark! Great cause x
Darren Grimes26/09/17£10.00Well done Mark, an inspiration to us all.
Liz Wynn11/09/17£40.00A very kind donation from Liz, with good luck wishes. Many thanks from Mark
Andy Monopoli11/09/17£10.00Good luck Mark!
Janet & Steve Payne10/09/17£10.00Wishing you good luck for your cycle ride. With thanks from Mark
Christine & Dennis10/09/17£5.00With good luck wishes from Christine & Dennis (Aubourn). with thanks from Mark
Sue & Roy - Bassingham08/09/17£20.00A very kind donation, by Sue and Roy of Bassingham, with grateful thanks from Mark.
Rebecca Sangwine08/09/17£10.00Good Luck! A very worthwhile cause and a wonderful experience for you I hope too!
Yvonne Hoodless 07/09/17£10.00Good luck Mark best wishes Yvonne
Mark Quince04/09/17£50.00Funds raised at a Car Boot Sale on Sunday 3rd Sept 2017 (Coleby, Lincs) with thanks to all.
Mark Quince (for Barry of Haddington)04/09/17£10.00Barry kindly donated £10 with many thanks from Mark.
Zoe, Paul & Bob01/09/17£50.00Good luck Mark you are doing so well you can do it xx
Scott Heeley30/08/17£20.00All the best Mark
Steve Bendelow29/08/17£10.00Best wishes to you Mark.
Heather Welbourne 27/08/17£10.00Good luck Mark, you'll do fantastic and such a great cause. Enjoy every minute! Love Heather, Mark & Samuel xx
Aimee27/08/17£10.00Good Luck Mark!x
Mark (for Zena)26/08/17£10.00A very kind donation from Zena with many thanks from Mark.
Amanda & Colin Turton24/08/17£50.00 
Andrew Cathy Katie and Laura Winter23/08/17£10.00Good Luck Mark, great charity
Elizabeth,harry, Ella and Callum Mark 23/08/17£10.00Good luck we know you will do great!best role model for your grandchildren to look up to. GO GRANDAD!!
Mark Quince (for Edith Quince)22/08/17£100.00Donation of £100 by Edith Quince (mum) with many thanks and good luck wishes. Thanks Mum
Gary & Kelly21/08/17£75.00Good Luck Mark....Kelly and I are so proud of you!!!
Ann & Tony08/08/17£30.00Good Luck Mark, hers hoping for a following wind!
Andy Johnson31/07/17£15.00Just keep pedalling
Neil Armstrong26/07/17£10.00A handy phrase for you when on French soil - "M'aidez! Je souffre d'un frottage doux." Good luck, Mark!
Ryuki Tada25/07/17£10.00Good luck Mark
Phil Harpham25/07/17£20.00Just don't wear the lycra in the office, there's a good chap!
Tracey Ward25/07/17£5.00Fabulous charity.xx
Ian Duff25/07/17£10.00Good luck Mark.
Sam Richards24/07/17£10.00Fab charity! All the best x
Ross Morton24/07/17£10.00Good Luck Mark! I am sure all the training will pay off! Let's hope you don't need a guide dog to help you get there.
Mark Quince (for Sarah e Bay)23/06/17£5.00Sale of an item on e bay, kindly bought by Sarah, with thanks.
Mark for Eden Hall Gift Card auction13/06/17£70.52£70.52 raised from auction of Eden Hall gift card, with many thanks to both the buyer and of course Eden Hall for their kind donation. Thanks.
David and Lin Brereton05/06/17£20.00Go for it our Mark xxx
Trev & Dianne (Derby)17/05/17£100.00Donated with thanks to Trev & Dianne for a great cause, the Guide Dogs
Lyndon Shaw (MQ)17/05/17£5.00From Lyndon Shaw with thanks
Brian16/05/17£100.00You are making excellent progress Mark. Well done. Brian
Gerry S15/05/17£20.00Great cause well done
Brian and May29/04/17£40.00Good luck shipwreck
Henry lad28/04/17£100.00Woof, woof Dad, you are working so hard on your training, you are paw fit. x
JD27/04/17£20.00Good luck Matey
Russ Jones26/04/17£20.00Don't worry, it's all downhill!!! Good Luck Shippers
Greville26/04/17£10.00Have a great ride!
Jonesy25/04/17£10.00Keep up the good work mate and smash the big event.
Rob Gibson24/04/17£20.00Best of luck mate.
Marie Palmer24/04/17£10.00Good luck Mark! Such a wonderful charity! x
Tina Bandarchi21/04/17£100.00Good Luck x
Dean Fathers21/04/17£25.00Good luck with your venture.
Axel Muench20/04/17£20.00Hi Mark, it's great that you do this!! Cheers, Axel
Ralph20/04/17£20.00For 'fiffi'
Tiny Wray19/04/17£35.00Alex definitely can't believe it, shipmate! You'll be doing a sponsored sit-up event next and I'll be forced back into training
Mr. T13/04/17£20.00You have a phone call! :-) You Can Do This. Cheers.
Mark (work fundraising)12/04/17£50.00Cash donation from work fundraising event, with thanks.
Birgit11/04/17£20.00Good luck, Mark! It is a wonderful cause and a great challenge.
Pauline B05/04/17£20.00Good Luck Mark. A very worth while cause
Gina Curtis31/03/17£10.00Good luck Mark!
Adam Wallbank29/03/17£10.00Go Mark, good luck
Rainer28/03/17£20.00A great challenge and a great cause, mate. The best of luck :-)
Mark Quince - EFC Photo12/03/17£8.00£8.00 raised by the auction of a signed Everton player photograph. 100% of this sum donated via my 'doitforcharity' page for the Guide Dogs as part of my charity cycle ride. With sincere thanks to the
Mark Quince - H.Base Vouchers12/03/17£89.99£89.99 raised by the auction of 2 x Homebase Vouchers. 100% of this sum donated via my 'doitforcharity' page for the Guide Dogs as part of my charity cycle ride. With sincere thanks to the auction win
Ruth30/01/17£20.00Good luck, keep peddling!
Caroline Anderson12/12/16£50.00A fabulous man doing something extraordinary for a fabulous cause. Good luck and well done! From my yellow boys too xx
Brian28/11/16£50.00Best of luck on your charity cycling challenge
Pet Potential23/11/16£50.00Go Mark!!! A wonderful cause and a fabulous challenge for you personally. Best of luck!
Diane Quince18/11/16£25.00Good luck, so proud of you, its such a wonderful charity.
Kevin Kent 17/11/16£250.00Good luck on your adventure!
Total donated online: £2,218.51
Amount raised offline: £724.00
Plus Gift Aidsupplement of: £498.38
Mark's London to Paris Open September 2017

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