Reverend Slow takes up speedy challenge

Rev. Les Slow Bike ride, London to Paris
Rev. Les Slow Bike ride, London to Paris

REVEREND Les Slow is hoping not to live up to his name when he takes on a 300 mile bike ride challenge for charity.

The Pocklington vicar, who serves the town and surrounding villages, will attempt to cycle all the way from London to Paris next month, along with seven other riders, including his two sons Jonny and Tim.

They will set off from Crystal Palace Gardens on 9 May and reach the Eiffel Tower in the French capital three days later.

Rev Slow, of Mile End Park, and the rest of the team are raising money for the Joshua Project in Bradford, where the local vicar used to live, which supports disadvantaged children.

The 65-year-old said: “The church I used to attend in Bradford was instrumental in starting the charity up. It’s a great place for kids to go.”

He added: “I am training hard and steadily building up the miles.

“I have a favourite loop which takes me out on to the Wolds. Sixteen of these six-mile laps are the same length as the first day’s ride from London to Dover.

“One of the reasons for taking part is to mark and celebrate my 65th birthday this year.”

Les is a foundation governor at Pocklington CE Infants School and will be waved off by the children on 8 May when he will drive down to London.

He will also stop off at All Saints’ Church in Pocklington to say farewell to friends and sponsors.

Rev Slow has already raised £1,400 for the Joshua Project and one of his sponsors has promised to double what he and his sons earn for the charity.

To sponsor Les and the team visit