Cyclist Marcia jumps in the saddle for a worthy cause

Marcia Roberts
Marcia Roberts

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Determined Marcia Roberts is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner after she cycled from London to Paris for a worthy cause.

Marcia, 47, of North End, Portsmouth, did the challenge in 26 hours and managed to raise £1,200 for Scope, a charity which supports disabled people.

She clocked up 275 miles and endured temperatures of up to 36C (96.8F)

‘It was hot, but amazing,’ she says.

‘It was just incredible.

‘It wasn’t as awful as I thought it would be.’

Marcia wanted to help Scope after being inspired by the determination and bravery displayed by athletes in last year’s Paralympics.

‘The people that were part of Team GB wouldn’t have got as far if it were not for the support of charities like Scope,’ she says. Marcia, who has been a keen cyclist for 15 years, was one of only seven women to complete the distance on the day.

‘It was the hardest thing I have ever done, without a shadow of a doubt,’ she says.

Cyclists were given 24 hours to do the ride – but Marcia was held up by traffic as she came into Paris.

The IT worker explains: ‘I was so close. I got stuck coming into Paris. Five miles took an hour-and-a-half rather than 20 minutes.’

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