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Father and son duo complete epic cycle challenge in aid of Rowcroft

09 October 2014

A Rowcroft Hospice Doctor and his teenage son have raised almost £1900 for Rowcroft by completing a 900-mile cycle challenge.

The adventurous pair cycled for more than eight days through Spain and France, raising more than twice their original fundraising target.

The duo’s route took them from Torquay to Plymouth, where they boarded a ferry to Santander; they then cycled 110 miles a day, to Pamplona, the Pyrenees’ and through France via Aquitane, Vendee, Nantes and Roscoff.

Their journey ended with a short ferry ride back to England and the last push home.

The weather stayed on the side of the cyclists for all but one day, when Paul and Freddie cycled for eight hours in a downpour.

Paul said: “It was helpful to be able to draw on all the support we have received from friends, family and all our sponsors. Riding in pouring rain has never felt so worthwhile.”

Originally, the pair hoped to raise £850 for Rowcroft Hospice, where Paul has been a doctor for more than ten years, and Freddie currently volunteers.

Freddie said: “I started volunteering at Rowcroft because I wanted to help out and see what I could do. I decided to join my dad on this epic journey after we’d been talking about doing a ride for a while. It was a relief to get to the end, but I’m really proud of our achievement”

The pair completed the journey with only the clothes they stood in, a toothbrush, some Euros and a spare inner-tyre tube.

One puncture, some sore limbs and the occasional navigational error were the only small hiccups in what the pair describes as an ‘extraordinary visit to Europe.’

If you’d like to add to Dr Paul Clark and Freddie’s sponsorship, please visit: www.justgiving.com/Paul-Clark50

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