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Written by Mike Turner
Thursday, 10 June 2010 19:19
NAVIGATIONAL errors meant Lands End to John O'Groats cyclist James Clarke covered ten miles more than he'd planned on the fourth stage of his journey.
Cholderton-based James departed Clun in Shropshire at 7.15am, but didn't arrive in Eccleston until 6.45pm because of his slight detour - meaning he cycled 130 miles instead of 120.
The 36-year-old (pictured) had coped admirably with the hills after leaving Clun, but a strong headwind caused him a few problems.
"It was very hilly for the first 20 miles or so," he told Sport4Salisbury.
"Then it was quite flat and it would have been a lovely ride had it not been for the strong headwind."
James admitted the additional miles had taken their toll.
"I'm feeling quite tired today - it was a very long day!"
James is raising money for three charities - Salisbury District Hospital’s Stars Appeal, Cancer Research UK and Salisbury Hospicecare - and is still on schedule to complete the mammoth journey in nine days.
Tomorrow's leg will see him reach the half-way point as he cycles another 130 miles from Eccleston to Greenhead.
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 (actual 130)
Friday, June 11 - 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 Thursday, 10 June 2010 19:19