Cyclist conquers 24-hour London to Paris charity ride on Boris Bikes

Santander employee James Dunne completed the 'Duchenne Dash' on a hire bike to raise money to fight muscle-wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy

For most of us, cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours would be tough enough. Doing so by covering the entire 190 miles on a Santander cycle takes gruelling to another level.

That, however, is exactly what James Dunne has done, in the process setting a new record for the furthest distance covered in 24 hours on one of the bikes.

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James was a member of Santander’s Team Banco, which was joined by newsreaders and executives from Channel 4, ITN, ITV and Sky News on the route.

The Santander team alone has so far raised more than £30,000 – which will be boosted by the bank’s matched donations scheme – for the Duchenne Children’s Trust.

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But James was the only one to complete the course on one of London’s iconic hire bikes.

“It felt like I was playing football with friends only they were wearing the latest football boots and I was barefoot!” he said.

“It was really challenging, especially on the uphills, but also so humbling to think of the important work the Duchenne Children’s Trust does and the hope it provides to families with children who, like the founders, have the life-limiting disease.”

The Duchenne Children’s Trust was formed two years ago to raise funds to find a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The muscle-wasting disease is the biggest genetic killer of children, and currently leads in all cases to paralysis and death.

The riders are hoping to raise in excess of £400,000. To donate, visit the event’s fundraising page here.