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Roving Wellington rider raises charity cash on Moroccan mission
8:00pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Devon
A WELLINGTON cyclist has completed a gruelling 2,350-mile ride from London to Marrakech in Morocco.
Ex-Court Fields School student Jonathan Amirmadhi set out on the huge challenge with two friends, hoping to raise £10,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.
The trio set off from Big Ben at the Houses of Parliament, aiming to reach their destination in 30 days.
Jonathan, of Barns Mead Road, said: “Highlights included Moroccan mint tea, tagine, fresh orange juice, nut cakes and watermelon.
“There were so many Moroccan drivers cheering uson andtheincrediblekindness of the people helped.
“The low points were tiny ants everywhere, being ripped off by vendors, speeding buses and bumpy roads.
“We suffered saddle soreness and broken bikes, and our fingers continued to lose sensation.”
The route took the hardy fundraisers over mountains and through 40-degree heat with camping equipment on their backs.
Detours meant the 2,000- mile trip was extended by 350 miles and took two days longer than hoped.
If that wasn’t enough, the friends are planning their next ‘Ballsy Adventure’ to help them get to the £10,000 mark.
Jonathan, who is studying for a masters degree at Exeter University, said: “We’ve raised more than £5,000 for prostate cancer and would like to raise more.”
Find this story by searching for ‘Jonathan Amirmadhi’ at somersetcounty gazette.co.uk and find out more about their trip or how to donate.
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