Cyclist plans to ride from Land's end to John o' Groats and back for children's hospice

FOLLOWING a casual conversation with Barnstaple Link Rotary Club members, a cyclist who had a heart attack on his wedding day (15years ago),followed by a triple heart bypass eight years later, is about to attempt the ultimate British cycling endurance tes

FOLLOWING a casual conversation with Barnstaple Link Rotary Club members, a cyclist who had a heart attack on his wedding day (15years ago),followed by a triple heart bypass eight years later, is about to attempt the ultimate British cycling endurance test - a 2,200-mile ride from Land's End to John O'Groats and back again.Martin Palmer,aged 66 from Tawstock completed a charity sponsored ride last May from John O'Groats to Land's End. He started from John O'Groats because he was not convinced, after not having been on a bike for 40years,that he would make it. Also it at least meant every day on the road he was getting nearer home as opposed to cycling further and further away - that was the theory.After the ride he decided it was time to give up his bike,but when he offered all his bikes to the Rotary club's charity shop in Barnstaple High St, they convinced him to hang onto his road bike and just donate the children's so that he could give it "another go".Having visited the Children's Hospice South West at Little Bridge House in Fremington he was given all the inspiration, encouragement, and will to succeed needed for a new bike challenge. "On reflection ! wonder if I have made the right decision, but having gone public by announcing my intentions there is no backing out," Martin said. "I feel it's now much more important to continue to support Little Bridge House in any way possible." Martin who is now frantically trying to get fit enough for a late May or early June start, depending on the weather.Martin hopes to do 100 miles a day, travelling up the East coast and back down the West coast,taking some 22 days to complete the nation's biggest cycling challenge.He hopes to raise more than the �3,000 he did last year for Children's Hospice South West. "I have had my own medical problems over the years, but I can see there are so many worse off than me, especially the children with life limiting medical conditions."Just talking to the staff at Little Bridge House and the guys at Barnstaple Link Rotary club made me realise I could still do something that may make the children's short lives a little better."The latest technology is being brought to bear to assist his fund raising via his website;www.justgiving.com/martinpalmer. Martin says that if there is anyone else out there mad enough to consider joining him on all or any part of his trip, he would like to hear from them. His contact email address is; gert109@hotmail.co.uk

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