Books staff get physical for charity fund-raiser

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Employees from a Northampton book publisher are preparing for a John Bishop-style challenge of cycling, rowing and running from Paris to London to raise £75,000 for charity.

Their mammoth challenge will see 27 participants, including nine employees of Igloo Books in Sywell, cycle 180 miles from Paris to Calais, row across the English Channel, then run from Dover to the capital before completing the London Marathon itself.

The event, which starts on April 6, was inspired by comedian John Bishop’s Sport Relief challenge in 2012. It is expected to take seven days and was organised as part of the One Big Effort campaign to raise money for Children With Cancer.

Not only is the team taking on all four challenges in a week, but they aim to complete the cycling and rowing courses in half the time usually taken by professionals.

Dean Cornish, co-edition sales director at Igloo Books, who will be taking part in the challenge, said: “We have been training hard every weekend for the past six months and are very excited, though I’m a bit nervous about the cycling.

“It’s been tough but we have received lots of support and it’s for such a good cause. We are especially looking forward to spending the night celebrating in London afterwards.”

Igloo Books recently held a charity ball in Northampton in a further push to meet their fund-raising target. To sponsor the One Big Effort team visit

In a bid to raise over £75,000 for Children With Cancer, volunteers from Igloo Books will be travelling the 282 miles from Paris to London in seven days:

Cycle from Paris to London = 180 miles in 18 hours

Rowing Calais to Dover = 51.5 miles in seven hours

Running Dover to London = 76.4 miles (equivalent of three marathons) in four days

Running the London Marathon = 26.2 miles