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Cycling convert’s charity marathon

06 March 2015

A CYCLING enthusiast is pedalling his way to all 42 Anglican cathedrals in mainland England in memory of his brother. In all, David Graham (above) expects to cover about 2500 miles, and raise £4000 for the charity Rethink Mental Illness. His brother Allister died in 2008, aged 32, of a drug overdose, owing to mental-health problems.

Mr Graham, a professional musician from Oakham, Rutland, took up cycling only last summer, when a friend challenged him to join a charity ride. He said: "I went in with both feet. I had to get a proper road bike, and all the stupid clothes, but I really enjoyed it, and just got the bug for cycling.

"I had cycled to Lincoln Cathedral in January, [which] gave me the idea to visit all the Cathedrals. I wanted to do it for charity, and Rethink ties in with what happened to my brother."

He has divided the cathedrals into five circular routes, which he plans to complete during the summer. The first is a 130-mile circuit around Southwell, Derby, and Leicester; others cover East Anglia, the south-east, northern England, and a marathon 760-mile tour of the south-west. He hopes to average 100 miles a day, staying with friends or finding digs en route.

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