On the go for Autism


Mr Nicolle, a director of Minerva Financial Services Ltd, is taking part in the London to Paris Cycle Challenge in aid of Autism Jersey.

The 48-year-old, who is married with two children, said that he hoped to raise both money and awareness for the Island charity.

‘When I saw this exciting adventure, I thought straight away that this could be an excellent way to raise money and awareness for Autism Jersey with the added dimension of the personal challenge that I will face,’ he said.

‘While I am not too fetching in Lycra I am only too glad to assist in the wonderful work undertaken locally by Autism Jersey.’ The event runs from 24 to 27 September.

The route for the cycle challenge starts in London and goes through the North Downs to Portsmouth, where riders cross the channel. Once they reach Caen, they will spend two days riding through the hills of rural France and into Paris.

Autism Jersey was formed in 2005 to support people with autism, and to lobby for reforms to make their lives easier.

And Fraser Bentley will be pounding the Cornwall coastal path later this year in order to raise funds for the same charity.

He hopes to raise between £700 and £1,000 for the charity through completing a strenuous three-day off road marathon session.

‘This is a three-day event, on 25, 26 and 27 September, with around 200 competitors, which consists of three off-road marathons. I start at Padstow, and finish at Land’s End, covering a total distance of 78.6 miles,’ explained Fraser.

Fraser, who works as a specialist trainer for the States of Jersey Police in the training department, says that his decision to support Autism Jersey was partly influenced by his work.

‘We do a fair bit of awareness training with them, and they also lost some funding earlier this year,’ he explained.

‘My training programme at the moment is very intense,’ he continued. ‘I am doing lots of road-running. In the past, I have done the Jersey Marathon 2007, relay 2008 and about ten half marathons, all in Jersey.

‘I also completed the Itex Walk in 2007 and came in 19th – with a time of 11 hours 40 minutes. Two years ago I did the two-moor walk, Dartmoor and Exmoor. After the Itex, I realised long distance was something I prefer to do, it is more the mental challenge of endurance running that appeals to me. I now intend to do similar events to this, at least once a year.’


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