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Humping (luggage) from Paris to Hayling in aid of St Wilfrid’s

Mike Harrington and John Gridley - both keen cyclists decided to take a break from pedalling the 400 miles across France this year, having completed the challenging course many times already. Instead, they took up the challenge of ‘Chief Luggage Humpers’, supporting 250 cyclists with the transportation of their entire luggage for the duration of the trip.

Taking on the ‘luggage humping’ this year however was no mean feat. The task required precision planning to ensure bags arrived at the 4-7 different hotels in each city, skill to navigate the medieval roads of Rouen and strength to move in excess of 60 tonnes over the course of the week. Fortunately the weather conditions were good with a fair tailwind, temperatures into the mid 30’s and intermittent showers to cool everyone down.
Mike’s favourite moment was when “on Bastille Day a group of cyclists looking for lunch in Le Mesnil-Simon were invited by the Mayor to join the village celebrations; three and a half hours later the five cyclists continued on their way; after many renditions of La Marseillaise and God Save The Queen - Anglo-French relations at their best”.

For the first time in the 30 year history the 'Baggage Boys' decided it was time they were sponsored for their efforts and chose to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester. Through JustGiving, Gift Aid and fines for baggage misdemeanours which computer software company, Qlik have pledged to match, Mike Harrington is set to raise in excess of £2,500.