23 February 2013 - This story is in archive

Two senior student ambassadors from the University of Hertfordshire, Ben Harwood and Jack Carpenter, have raised over £8,000 for leading charity Cancer Research UK, after they cycled with a fellow student to St. Tropez.

Over 1000 miles

Ben and Jack, two final year students known for their roles as ambassadors for encouraging young people to go to university, cycled over 1000 miles from Hatfield to St. Tropez with Tom Porter – taking ten days to complete the challenge.

An amazing experience

Despite two crashes, a broken bike and up to twelve hours a day cycling, Jack said: “It was an amazing experience, which required absolute teamwork to complete and we will remember it for the rest of our lives. It is also humbling to know that we raised over £8,000 for Cancer Research UK, a charity close to all of our hearts, and we really hope all the hard work will in some way make a difference to people’s lives.”

Ben added: “It was a great sense of achievement. When we reached the harbour in St. Tropez that was the moment that we truly knew we had succeeded. All of the planning, fundraising, training and effort had paid off. Dare I say we were even a little bit emotional.”

Support gained

Receiving sponsorship from the Hertfordshire Sports Village and the University as part of the Diamond Year celebrations, Tom said: “It is fantastic to be part of a university, which supports its students, and most importantly gives them time and advice.”
He added: “The support locally has been tremendous and we’d like to thank everyone that has donated.”

Documenting their progress on Facebook and Twitter throughout the challenge, the boys have now released a YouTube video of the full charity cycle. Watch the video here.