A CYCLIST from Penarth is taking on a gruelling journey to Paris next year to raise funds for a children’s charity.

Jack Blackledge, 26, is taking on the Ride to the Rugby - a sponsored 320-mile charity cycle from Cardiff to Paris for Sully-based Ty Hafan.

The ride will take place over a four-day period between Tuesday, January 29, and Friday, February 1.

Mr Blackledge is aiming to raise as much money as possible for the hospice, and said he decided to take part to give himself a challenge.

To take part in the cycle, participants have to raise £2,000 and Mr Blackledge says he is determined to hit that mark and keep going.

“I had every intention of taking part in a biking challenge during 2019 to push myself further,” he said.

“My original intent was to take part in the Carten ride between Cardiff and Tenby, however having heard about the Ride to the Rugby on the radio one morning I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pursue such a lengthy and rewarding challenge.

“That evening I attended a briefing hosted by Ty Hafan and White Rock Events, the organisers of the cycle.

“Having heard only 30 seconds of the plan I immediately knew I wanted to opt in to take part.

“Although a little out of season for such a long cycle I wanted to take part in this particular event despite the cold winds I’ll be facing because of the opportunity it presented to raise money for a fantastic charity that helps and supports life-limited children and their families all over Wales.”

So far, Mr Blackledge has raised £325 on his JustGiving page so far and will be holding some charity events ahead of his departure to up his funds.

The 26-year-old says he is an avid cyclist and is looking forward to the ride.

He says the cold weather won’t put him off either as he commutes to work on his bike and even braved riding during the Beast from the East in March this year.

“I am an active person and confident cyclist and honestly believe that although the ride may be tough at times it will also be a barrel of laughs and good fun,” Mr Blackledge said.

To help Mr Blackledge with his fundraising and to follow him for updates on the ride, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jack-Blackledge