Exmouth friends’ 3,000km Southampton to Sahara cycle challenge will be ‘one cracker of a journey’
PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:21 13 August 2018
Friends since they were at school together in Exmouth, Tim Dunn and Seb Jones are cycling nearly 2,000 miles to raise funds for two charities.
The former Exmouth Community College students are cycling 3,000km from Southampton to the Sahara desert, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Alzheimer’s Society – causes close to the friends.
The pair’s ‘monumental journey’ will take them through five countries, across two continents, and around four weeks to complete.
Tim, aged 22, and Seb, also 22, will ride solo, carrying their equipment and essential items on their bikes; they will wild camp, sleep in hammocks in fields by the tracks they cycle, on the beach, or ‘any floor we deem comfy enough’.
The friends, who played with the Exmouth Community College football team, aim to cycle 100 miles a day, spending up to 10 hours in the saddle, for ‘one cracker of a journey’, raising £1,000 through JustGiving pages.
Seb, who recently graduated with a first in business studies from Reading University, has no cycling experience.
He is raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of his ‘loving, generous thoughtful and unarguably the bossiest’ grandma, June Jones, who died in 2017 after a two-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Seb said: “In 2015, she developed MND Motor Neurone Disease and went from walking and talking, to being fed, washed and unable to talk.
“The slow painful effect this disease has not only on the individual, but the family is immense.
“The hours my dad and the rest of the family put into caring for her was vast.”
Tim, who has a year left of study of a masters in mechanical engineering at Southampton University, worked at Knobblies Bikes, in Exeter Road, Exmouth, for three years when he was younger.
He has chosen to support the Alzheimer’s Society because they have supported members of his family.
“It’s going to be hot, hilly and one hell of a challenge, but I have every confidence that we will make it,” he said.
To donate, see Tim’s appeal at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/southampton 2sahara and Seb’s at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/seb-jones1