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Written by Mike Turner
Monday, 07 June 2010 18:19
SALISBURY cyclist James Clarke has successfully completed the first leg of his mammoth Lands End to John O'Groats charity bike ride.
Waved off by friends at the Cornish landmark at 6.30am, the 36-year-old Salisbury Road Club cyclist encountered rain almost immediately.
James, who had set a 130-mile target for the first day of his nine-day adventure, said: "The rain started at 7am and didn't stop, so it was a grim, wet and cold ride."
He is raising money for a trio of charities - Salisbury District Hospital’s Stars Appeal, Cancer Research UK and Salisbury Hospicecare.
He explained that he lost a little time around Truro and Bodmin Moor, but arrived at Bridestowe, near Okehampton at 4.35pm where he enjoyed a very welcome cup of tea and a hot bath.
James has a shorter second day planned - he aims to complete a further 80 miles to arrive in Street in Somerset.
He had planned to undertake the 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.
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
Last Updated on Monday, 07 June 2010 18:19