SALISBURY cyclist James Clarke is set to embark on the most gruelling bike ride of his life.
The 36-year-old is aiming to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats, completing almost 1,000 miles in a bid to raise funds for three charities.
Cholderton-based James (pictured), who is expecting to complete his journey in nine days, is cycling on behalf of Salisbury District Hospital’s Stars Appeal, Cancer Research UK and Salisbury Hospicecare and hopes to raise approximately £1,000.
The Salisbury Road Club member departs on Monday, June 7 and says he had planned to undertake the mammoth cycle ride some six months ago, but the death of his mother from cancer earlier this year has made his journey all the more poignant.
James has been in serious training in the past few months and has set himself strict daily targets as he cycles from Cornwall to Scotland.
“I shall be riding by myself, carrying my kit and staying in youth hostels," he said.
“I decided to do this ride six months ago. However, it is now even more important to me as I have just lost my mum to cancer in March.”
Anyone wishing to support James’ charity ride by sponsoring him, can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/james-clarke-e2e
Day 1 Lands End to Okehampton 130 miles
Day 2 Okehampton to Street 80 miles
Day 3 Street to Clun 125 miles
Day 4 Clun to Eccleston 120 miles
Day 5 Eccleston to Greenhead 130 miles
Day 6 Greenhead to Stirling 130 miles
Day 7 Stirling to Glencoe 80 miles
Day 8 Glencoe to Carbisdale Castle 115 miles
Day 9 Carbisdale Castle to John O’Groats 110 miles