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Written by Mike Turner
Saturday, 12 June 2010 20:34
CYCLIST James Clarke is now north of the border after successfully completing the sixth leg of his charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groats.
The Salisbury Road Club member arrived in Stirling at tea-time this evening following his 130-mile journey from Greenhead.
The 36-year-old set off in the cold at 6am and said he had initially been forced to endure a gruelling ride into a headwind.
"I saw lots of people whizzing past in the opposite direction," he told Sport4Salisbury. "It was a hard 60-mile slog from Gretna, but it wasn't too bad after that - except for the massive climb over Campsie Fells."
James is raising money for a trio of 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.
Sunday's stage of the mammoth adventure sees him depart Stirling and head to Glencoe - at 80 miles, this is one of the shortest legs of his nine-day ride.
The Cholderton-based cyclist had planned to undertake the 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)
Day 5 Eccleston to Greenhead 130 miles
Day 6 Greenhead to Stirling 130 miles
Sunday, June 13 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 Saturday, 12 June 2010 20:34