Student’s charity cycle ride

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A university student from Pevensey Bay who is setting off on a charity cycle ride this Sunday has set himself an extra challenge.

Robert Grew will not only be travelling 1,100 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End but will also be attempting to summit all three of the highest peaks in each country on his way south.

The 24-year-old, who has been studying a physics degree at the University of Kent, Canterbury, is hoping to summit Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

The student has already raised charity cash before and has enjoyed travelling to different countries to raise funds.

Last year he jumped on a plane to Montpellier in the south of France and cycled back via Italy and the Swiss Alps and in 2011 he travelled from Eastbourne to Amsterdam for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

He said, “I have been using my bicycle to challenge myself and see the world for years now and each summer my ambition has lead me to attempt ever grander trips.”

Speaking of the forthcoming challenge on Sunday he added, “I concocted the idea for this challenge through a mixture of two things really.

“Firstly, personal challenge. The opportunity to see just what I am capable of and surprising myself is always a rewarding thing to look back on.

“Secondly, being able to turn the thing that I love - travelling and seeing the world by bicycle - into something that can benefit others is a great motivation for me.

“I just want to help them (Macmillan Cancer Support) out the best I can because I know what an incredible job they do and the innumerable lives they help to improve.”

The keen cyclist will be taking part in the challenge as part of a six man team from his university cycling club.

The challenge is set to take Robert two weeks to complete and he hopes to arrive in Land’s End on July 1. Robert, who has been training all year as he has been competing for his university, will be carrying everything he needs on the trip on the bike with him.

People can follow the team’s progress via its event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UkBikeHikeChallenge and they can also donate to the cause by visiting: http://www.justgiving.com/Robert-Grew