Jack gets in the saddle for Africa charity trip

Youngster hopes to complete epic 250-mile cycle challenge – in a weekend!

A NORTH Devon schoolboy is about to embark on a 250-mile sponsored bike ride to help fund an overseas charity expedition to Kenya.

Budding cyclist Jack Hogg, 15, hopes to cycle from his home in Bishops Tawton to Land’s End and back in just two-and-a-half days in a bid to raise money for the four-week trip-of-a-lifetime in July 2012.

“It’s going to be hard but I’m really looking forward to it,” said Jack, who was last year’s under14 South West road racing champion and is ranked seventh overall in the country.

“I’ve covered similar distances in a day before but not over consecutive days,” added Jack, who’ll be undertaking this weekend’s challenge with dad Brian.

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It is one of a series of fund-raisers that the Park Community School student has organised to help him on his way to Africa.

He has launched the JACK Appeal (Jack’s Appeal for Charity to Kenya) and has already raised �520 by holding a jumble sale at Bishops Tawton Village Hall last month.

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This summer, he hopes to raise even more by taking part in static “turbo training” outside some of the region’s bike shops and supermarkets.

“I want to do the equivalent of 100 miles outside each shop and cover the distance from Land’s End to John O’ Groats during the summer holidays,” said Jack, who along with other Park students, will be doing two weeks’ charity work and two weeks’ climbing Mount Kenya.

Readers can sponsor Jack by telephoning dad Brian Hogg on (01271) 377643.

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