Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Cycle challenge for children’s hospice

10:31 07 July 2012

Jeff Parker, Paul from Planet Bike and Ian Clements are pictured at Little Bridge House

Jeff Parker, Paul from Planet Bike and Ian Clements are pictured at Little Bridge House


Two Barnstaple businessmen are preparing to saddle up and take on a personal challenge to raise money for a children’s charity that’s close to their hearts.

Ian Clements and Jeff Parker have set themselves the challenge to cycle more than 1,300km from Gibraltar to Barnstaple in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

Before the trip even starts they have an 85 mile cycle from Malaga airport down to Gibraltar, where the adventure will start. They will cycle through many historic towns and cities in the heart of Spain and through national parks and mountain ranges with only their bikes, a tent and enough Euros for a hot shower and a soft bed.

The cyclists will fly to Malaga on September 28 and have given themselves just 15 days to complete the challenge.

All proceeds from the challenge will go towards the care and support of life-limited children and their families from across the South West.

Ian and Jeff said: “We think this is a charity that does so much for the children and families that come to Little Bridge House. This is not the first time we have raised money for CHSW. In 2006 we took part in a sponsored tandem parachute jump, raising nearly £2,000. The charity was always close to Jeff’s mum Ann Parker, who sadly passed away nine years ago. Ann was always involved with a lot of fundraising, so it wasn’t a hard choice to carry it on and we’re sure everyone agrees that the work the charity does is fantastic.”

The intrepid duo have been training hard already, including taking part in triathlons and the local Coast to Coast ride as well as undertaking lots of cardio training.

Ian and Jeff have purchased their bikes from Barnstaple business Plant Bike and thank Paul, who has donated more than £400 worth of equipment for the trip.

You can follow the duo’s progress on their website and sponsor them at


Other News Stories


Authorities set to investigate a pit that has opened up on a popular riverside walk

Read more

County’s schools are ‘high performing’ but among worst funded in the country

Read more

Elliott Gallery founder looks back on nine decades and ahead to the Braunton gallery reopening again

Read more
Yesterday, 20:02

Temporary winter closure for maintenance work, but trustees are also looking ahead to possible extension plans

Read more
Yesterday, 17:39

The latest improvement to the college’s Barnstaple campus was showcased to the public today (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 15:28

North Devon Sees Red Day – join the march at 11am from Mermaid Walk

Read more
Yesterday, 15:24

Activities for all ages to enjoy at the museum throughout next week

Read more
Yesterday, 11:38

Police warn trick or treaters to be safe this Halloween and remember not everyone wants to take part

Read more
Yesterday, 11:22

A cross party group of councillors have written to the boss of the controversial Success Regime

Read more
Yesterday, 09:30

Lidl, Starbucks and Poundworld have all helped to get people back into work recently

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications