NORTH Devon policeman Dave Drury has pedalled his way across the continents in nine years of fundraising for the children s charity CLIC Sargent. Now he is planning for his 10th: a 450 kilometre cycle in China. Dave is one of only two people who have take
NORTH Devon policeman Dave Drury has pedalled his way across the continents in nine years of fundraising for the children's charity CLIC Sargent.Now he is planning for his 10th: a 450 kilometre cycle in China.Dave is one of only two people who have taken part in every event since the charity set up its fund raising bike rides in 1999, covering thousands of kilometres and raising around £30,000.Encouraged by his wife Jackie and mother-in-law June Wright, members of the North Devon CLIC Sargent committee, Dave's first ride was in Jordan and Israel in 1999.Since then he has used his annual leave each year to complete further marathon rides in exotic locations.His next ride was in Israel, then Spain, Kenya, Vietnam, India, Peru and South Africa.Last year it was Brazil, as well as the ride the ride, he spent time working in a children's cancer hospital and helped take some of the youngsters on a trip to Rio.The rides were roughly the same distance, around 450 kilometres, but a bit shorter on some of the tougher routes such as Brazil, South Africa and Peru, where there was more off-road riding, he said. In Peru the riders climbed to an altitude of more than 4,000 metres, lived in tents for some of the time and encountered snow.The China trip, scheduled for October, includes part of the journey taking in the Great Wall and will end in Beijing. But, first, Dave must raise a minimum of £3,000 to take part and ensure there is sufficient benefit for the charity.Anyone who would like to help can send donations to CLIC Sargent c/o Blakemere, 1 Middle Cross, Bickington, Barnstaple, EX31 2PY.