Norfolk Matthew's 250-mile cycle challenge

MatthewNewtonCycle4502013: Norfolk Christian wealth management practitioner Matthew Newton has spent three days cycling 250 miles across France to raise money for children’s charity Street League.

 
Matthew runs his own wealth management and financial planning practice, specialising in investment, pension and long term care fee planning advice, based in Horsford near Norwich.
 
As part of the St James Place partnership, Matthew joined the company’s annual charity cycling event for the second year running and along with 86 colleagues helped to raise over £400,000 for various children’s charities.
 
Most of the money went to charity Street League which uses sport to help deprived youngsters re-establish their self-worth and ultimately get them back on the right road to a fulfilling life.
 
The team covered 250 miles in just three days, starting just south of Paris and finishing in the Loire
 
Matthew said: “The first day was 100 miles, the last 80 of which were in torrential rain and head wind.  Not fun but things could only get better thereafter and they did.
 
“Having taken part last year and enjoyed the challenge and achievement, I decided to do it again.  At the end of the first day, drenched and cold, it didn't seem like such a good idea.  But then I remembered all those children and their circumstances, that I was sitting in that saddle for and all of a sudden my own discomfort paled into insignificance and it made me push the pedals harder.
 
“We were rewarded the next two days with sunshine and warmth and a less arduous 80 and 70 miles.  As I was told a while ago, whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.”
 
Pictured above is Matthew Newton (tall one at the back) with other colleagues on the French cycle challenge.

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