A FORMER personal trainer has begun a mammoth cycling challenge which is taking him through some of the toughest terrain in Europe.

Lee Goward, 43, of Maine Drive, Gerrards Cross, has already taken on the first two of seven gruelling cycling challenges to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, and is now set to take on five more.

The married father of four last month rode from London to Paris non-stop, and completed the ride in 15 hours and 37 minutes, before travelling into Belgium to cycle through the country.

He is now set to ride through the Pyrenees in France, before moving into Spain, then into the Italian Alps, moving through to Switzerland over the French Alps.

He is finally finishing off the challenge by riding from London to Monte Carlo.

Mr Goward said: “I’ve always enjoyed cycling but I’ve never taken on anything like this before.

“It’s a massive challenge, but I thought if you want to raise money for charity, then why not go for it and make it something really special, which is what I’m trying to do.”

Mr Goward’s trip from London to Paris hit delays when he became lost upon arriving in the French capital.

He said: “I wanted to get there in under 20 hours, which I did, but I lost my bearings when I got into Paris and couldn’t find where I was supposed to go.

“I got there in the end but I was starting to panic a bit that I wouldn’t make my target time.”

Mr Goward is currently seeking sponsorship for the event, and is aiming to raise £25,000.

He said: “People have been really supportive so far, and my wife and kids are right behind me.

“It would be fantastic to reach the target that I have set.”

If you would like to sponsor Mr Goward, visit www.justgiving.com/challenge7.