The route takes Paul and the other riders from their start on Saturday 22 June in South Wales over the Brecon Beacons, through Hereford and Worcester and into Droitwich to finish off day one.
Day two (Sunday 23 June) starts in Droitwich heading north through Bromsgrove, West Bromwich, Burton, Derby and onto their final destination of Worksop.
The event, cleverly named “Tour de Branch”, has the objective to raise as much money for charity as possible as Paul comments:
“If I’m going to get saddle sore I would like to raise as much money for charity as possible. The charity I have chosen is ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ (whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk). It is a locally based charity which grants wishes to children between the ages of 2 and 16 with a life threatening or terminal illness. As a father of two young children this charity is one that is close to my heart.”
Anyone who wishes to make a donation to this charity can do so by visiting justgiving.com/Paul-Green12.
What makes this event even more poignant for Paul is that in May 2011 he was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. After several months of chemotherapy treatment Paul was given the news in December 2011 that his treatment had been successful. Paul comments:
“Following recovery from illness I wanted to get myself back into shape. I bought a bike and pair of lycra shorts and as they say… went for it! It was while Bradley Wiggins was powering to Tour de France glory that a couple of work colleagues set down a challenge. So the chance to ride pedal powered between Keltruck’s most distanced depots of Cross Hands in south Wales to Worksop in north Nottinghamshire was created.”
Paul, 43, has worked at Keltruck for 26 years commencing as a YTS apprentice in 1986 at the West Bromwich branch. Having passed his City & Guilds levels 1, 2 & 3 he continued to work as a technician until 1996 when he was offered the position of service advisor at West Bromwich depot which he undertook. In 1997 Paul was promoted to manage the Esso & KwikSave VMUs before moving onto Droitwich in 1998 as Branch Manager. In 2000 Paul was offered the role of Group Warranty Manager which he accepted and still performs today.
If you would like to contribute to this truly special event please visit whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk and justgiving.com/Paul-Green12 to show your support for Tour De Branch.