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The four-day cycling challenge has begun, with more than 350 people taking part to raise money for our Armed Forces community.

Team M&S is currently taking on the gruelling 460km Pedal to Paris ride; setting off from London on Thursday to reach the Arc de Triomphe in just four days. This isn’t the first time M&S has tackled Pedal to Paris to support the Legion, but this year is a record-breaking year for its team with more than 90 employees taking part.

Scott Fyfe, 42 and Director of Menswear and Kidswear, is spearheading M&S’s Pedal to Paris effort this year.

“At M&S we have family members and friends who serve in the Armed Forces and we really value their dedication. I think we have all been touched by the amazing work that those who risk their lives do for us on a daily basis, so I was really keen for us to get involved in Pedal to Paris this year to support The Royal British Legion.  

“I know that the charity does a huge amount of work to recognise serving men and women, veterans and their families. We all owe a lot to those who serve our country and it’s really important to me that we give back to the Armed Forces community.

“For our team, Pedal to Paris is a really great way of bringing people together to take on a challenge and help a fantastic cause. It’s great to see so many people take part.

“I love getting out on my bike whenever I can and I’ve participated in a few cycling challenges in the past few years. Although four days straight cycling will be tough, especially in the fast category, so I’m hoping my regular cycling training will get me through Pedal to Paris!”

Team M&S has already smashed its fundraising target of £120,000 and is still raising more. If you want to add to this incredible achievement, visit the Team M&S Pedal to Paris 2016 JustGiving Page.

M&S has supported The Royal British Legion for many years, donating £3.1 million since 2009 predominantly through sales of The Poppy® Collection and donations from its Sparks card.

Interested in taking part in next year’s challenge? Register your interest for Pedal to Paris 2017.