A DEVOTED couple journeyed to the city of love for their first wedding anniversary – on two wheels.
Mark and Lucy Herkes rode from London to Paris over four days.
The pair, of Chester-le-Street, have raised more than £3,000 in sponsorship for eating disorder charity Beat, which helped Lucy recover from problems with anorexia and bulimia.
However, the ride was not smooth, after Lucy, 25, suffered a painful injury on just the second day of the trek.
But she bravely battled on and the pair celebrated after they crossed the finishing line at the Eiffel Tower.
The couple, who are members of Bannatyne’s Health Club in Chester-le-Street, completed months of training in preparation for the cycle, including a 12-hour bike-a-thon at the Riverside-based gym.
Beat aims to change the way people think and talk about eating disorders as well as improve the services and treatments provided for the condition.
Lucy said: “I am so proud that we have managed to raise money for such a worthwhile and wonderful charity.
“The organisation really helped me with my recovery.
“Despite my injury, I wanted to carry on and finish the bike ride.
“The charity is close to my heart and I hope that this will help to raise awareness for other people who have struggled with the same issues that I had.”
Mark, 26, said: “I have seen how much the charity has helped Lucy and I wanted to do something constructive to help the cause.
“I am so proud of my wife for completing the bike ride despite her injury.
“I hope her strength and determination will make others aware that they are not alone in their fight against eating disorders.
“It was important for me and my wife to succeed with the bike ride and the staff at the health club were committed to helping us achieve our goals.”