Cyclist passes half-way mark
A cyclist has passed the halfway point of his charity challenge by completing a 730-mile round-trip to Truro in Cornwall.
David Graham, a professional musician and director of Oakham-based music agency DG Music, plans to cycle to every Anglican cathedral in England to raise money for the charity Rethink Mental Illness.
He only took up cycling last summer to support a friend on a charity bike ride, but was inspired to take on his own challenge in memory of his brother Allister who died of an overdose in 2008.
His brother grew up and went to school in Oakham and it’s David’s happy memories of time spent with his brother, and the thought of the difference his fundraising will make to a charity close to his heart, that his spurring him on to keep pedalling.
There are 42 cathedrals to visit in total, stretching from Newcastle in the north to Truro in the south.
He started the challenge in March with a 125-mile cycle ride.
David has now been to 28 of them after completing the 730-mile bike ride around the south-west of the country this month.
He said: “I know it sounds like torture but I really enjoyed it. Apart from loving cycling, I loved reminding myself what a beautiful country we live in and how naturally kind people are.”
David’s next journey is planned for the end of September when he will visit the 14 remaining cathedrals including Carlisle, Chester, Durham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, York and finally Peterborough.
Members of the Velo Club Rutland are planning to join David for the final part of his journey into Peterborough.
To keep up with David’s progress or to make a donation to the charity visit www.cathedralcycletour.com or text DGDG71 followed by the amount to 70070.