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Written by Mike Turner
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 20:32
CHOLDERTON cyclist James Clarke has successfully completed his gruelling Lands End to John O'Groats charity bike road on schedule.
The 36-year-old arrived at his final destination at 4.30pm today completing the 1,000-mile journey in nine days.
"It's all over now," said a saddle-weary James. "It was another hard day - but well worth it!"
The Salisbury Road Club member had 110 miles to complete today, having departed Carbisdale Castle.
"It was another wet morning and was very hilly for the first half," he told Sport4Salisbury. "The last part was a lot flatter.
"But the scenery was stunning. At one point there was 37 miles of nothingness."
On his arrival, James encountered others cyclists who had also completed the mammoth journey.
"I met two people on bikes who had just finished too - as well as a man and his dog who had just walked it in just over two months! Incredible!"
James (pictured) undertook the trek to raise money for charity in memory of his mother who died earlier this year.
A trio of charities - Salisbury District Hospital’s Stars Appeal, Cancer Research UK and Salisbury Hospicecare - will benefit from his fundraising efforts.
The Salisbury Road Club member 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 add their support to James’ achievement 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
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 Tuesday, 15 June 2010 21:02