Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Alice is going the distance for WW1 centenary

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 June 2014

“I’m determined to do it because it’s such a worthwhile challenge…” Alice FitzHenry

“I’m determined to do it because it’s such a worthwhile challenge…” Alice FitzHenry

Archant

Normally, she does not cycle very often.

But now, l6-year-old Alice FitzHenry is hardly out of the saddle as she pedals a punishing 70 miles a week training for a remarkable family challenge to commemorate the centenary of World War One by cycling from Berlin to Paris in six days.

The distance, 1,565 miles, equates to a symbolic mile for every day the war lasted, writes Kingsley Squire.

“True, I don’t cycle very often,” says Alice, a pupil at Axe Valley Community College. “So the training is tough going sometimes. But I am determined to do it because the family are raising money to support such worthy causes.”

Her father, Paul, leader of the all-action FitzHenry family which conquered the English Channel in a relay swim six years ago, is certainly pleased with her.

“She’s training hard even though she’s mixing it with taking her GCSEs,” he said. “But she’s all the more determined to do it, as she missed out on the swim because she was too young.”

The magnificent six family members, including Alice’s 13-year-old cousin, Jasper, a pupil at Sidmouth College, aim to average 280 miles a day riding three two-hour relay stints in pairs.

“It is quite a tough challenge,” says Paul. “But it is one we as a family are proud to undertake to commemorate the centenary in a meaningful way.”

The route, starting at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on July 19 and finishing in the city where the Treaty of Versailles was signed, will encompass the evocative cemeteries and battlefields where so many British soldiers lost their lives in the horrors of trench warfare.

Already, more than £900 has been raised in sponsorship for the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and the Soldier’s Charity and more would be most welcome.

For details about donation, go to www.spinlikeafitz.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

The two groups came first and third in the Devon Scouts County Cooking Challenge after impressing the judges.

Read more
17:44

A pair of drunken thugs who high-fived each other after attacking three strangers in the street have been jailed.

Read more

The organisers of Ottery’s Food and Families Festival are preparing for a two day showcase of culinary treats.

Read more

Long awaited restoration works have finally begun to convert the former Salston Manor Hotel into apartments.

Read more

Police have issued an alert to businesses in Sidmouth after reports of shoplifting.

Read more

The Lions Club of Sidmouth gave a £750 boost to an initiative providing access to the South West’s most scenic locations for anyone with limited mobility. Countryside Mobility works with partners at 40 different locations around the region, including Seaton Wetlands, to offer all-terrain mobility scooters – known as Trampers – for hire.

Read more
11:22

A Sidmouth pub is set to close until business matters with the estate of the former landlord can be settled.

Read more

Devon and Cornwall Police said there is ‘no specific evidence’ to suggest any local threats, but it urged people to remain vigilant following explosion in Manchester.

Read more

A King’s School pupil is celebrating sporting success after securing silver at the World Schools Orienteering Championships.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:30

Are you looking to make a difference in your community? If so, then the 1st Sid Vale Scout Group is looking for you.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications