Cycling 280 miles from London to Paris in just 24 hours, that’s the challenge 57-year-old Louise Jackson is taking on in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

On Saturday 6 September, Louise will be one of 70 riders to set off at midday from Greenwich, London in a bid to reach the famous Champs Elysee, Paris 24 hours later (Sunday 7 September)

Experience and determination has seen Louise through a ten-month gruelling training schedule, spending long hours in the saddle covering over 1,000 miles in all weather conditions.

This intense challenge of cycling virtually non-stop for 24 hours would be daunting for someone half her age but no stranger to endurance riding, Louise is unfazed having completed many long-distance cycle rides: the classic Lands End to John O’Groats, the French end-to-end English Channel to the Mediterranean, The Irish end-to-end, toured the Pyrenees climbing the famous Col du Tourmalet, and even ‘the Giant of Provence’ Mont Ventoux.

Louise said: “I’m thrilled to be taking part in this event for Macmillan, it is the toughest challenge of my life but I’m determined in the knowledge that the money I raise for Macmillan will help to improve the lives of people living with cancer.”

Together with her husband Gavin, Louise runs a luxury holiday cottage business near Winkleigh in Devon. They are members of luxury property collection Premier Cottages.

Louise is part of an eight-strong team of riders fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, Premier Cottages’ chosen charity. Last year, its network of members throughout the UK raised over £43,000, well over the £10,000 target, to help Macmillan in its important work in cancer care. To find out more, visit: www.macmillan.org.uk

To sponsor Louise, visit www.justgiving.com/louise-jackson14 or text LXXP7 with a donation amount up to £10 to 70070. Get regular updates on Facebook by searching ‘Louise’s London2Paris 24hr Cycle Challenge’.


Louise Jackson pictured training for the challenge on Dartmoor.


Notes to Editors:

About Macmillan Cancer Support

Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way.

We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The fundraisers who make it all possible. We are Macmillan Cancer Support. For cancer support every step of the way, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 8pm).

For more information, please visit: www.macmillan.org.uk


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