Ivan Ward, 64, of Heron Way, was diagnosed with the condition 15 years ago, and although he takes a daily concoction of 30 tablets to keep the symptoms under control and has had to give up other sports he has found he can still ride his bike. I would find it incredibly hard work to walk or run any distance, but put me on a bike - and no problem, he said. He will set off from Blackheath in south London on September 2 and complete his 300-mile trip in just four days returning to England on September 6. Cycling has been part of my life for so long and although I cant take part competitively in other sports as I am not able to respond quickly enough I can cycle long distances. I bought a new bike about 18 months ago as other sports were becoming harder for me and then decided on the London to Paris trip which was just the challenge I needed. Ivan, a former painter and decorator who lives with his wife Kath, will have a celebratory meal in Paris and then return home via the Euro Tunnel. He has already received a donation for his Just Giving fund from A&N Audio in St Neots and the company who provided him with cycling clothing. Ivan is raising money for Parkinsons UK. INFO: www.justgiving.com/ivanward.