December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
A DEVON cycling fanatic who has cycled and canoed around 700 miles from Scotland to East Devon, will be finishing his epic fundraising journey in Exmouth on Saturday, September 14.
Alistair Cope – who has organised several Vintage Velo events around Exmouth – has been raising funds for Devon-based charities Headway Devon and Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, as well as BLESMA (the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association).
Alistair set off from Edinburgh on Friday, August 16, towing a traditional flax-covered canoe behind his British manufactured Pashley bicycle.
When he reached the River Ouse, near York, Cope popped the bicycle into the boat and started paddling.
The route has covered Edinburgh, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York, Doncaster, Nottingham, Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Gloucester and Exeter.
On Saturday, Alistair intends to arrive at Exeter Quay at 10am. He’ll then paddle to Lympstone via Turf Locks, where he’ll disembark and mount his bicycle at around 3pm for his final leg to Exmouth.
He’ll finish on The Strand where there will be a celebration party.
To follow his journey and to donate to the charities, go to www.papete.co.uk