Rodney takes on grueling South East Asia bike ride for cancer - The Solihull Observer

Rodney takes on grueling South East Asia bike ride for cancer

Solihull Editorial 31st Jul, 2017   0

A big-hearted engineer is to cycle 300 miles through South East Asia for charity.

Rodney Clarke, aged 52, will be joining an 18-strong team from across the UK in cycling from Saigon in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia over six days starting

on October 28 to raise money for Challenge Cancer UK.

Having smashed his individual target of £3,000 in only three months, he is leading the field with pledges of more than £4,750 and is now aiming to clock up £5,000.

Rodney works for a building services provider in Dodd Group in Solihull. The ride has been organised by the Cannock office of one of his employer’s suppliers, air conditioning installation specialist Coolair Equipment Ltd.

He will face the challenges of cycling for up to eight hours a day along narrow paths and unmade cross country tracks in stifling heat and humidity.

He has been preparing for the event with weight training and by taking part in monthly Midland cycling events.

“Having recently completed the 35-mile Sportive Peak Epic in the Peak District, he is now planning to cycle the 60-mile Warwickshire Sportive on September 2.

Rodney said he only took up cycling last year to get in shape for his daughter Amelia’s wedding this summer – and has been feeling the benefit: “Cycling has

changed my life and I am totally committed to it.

“I am delighted to have lost two and a half stone in weight, and I eat and feel better than I have ever done.”

He added: “We all know of families, friends and colleagues who have been affected by cancer.”

Neil Gibbard, Coolair Regional Director and the event organiser, said: “Rodney has been leading the way in raising sponsorship money for our bike ride as we aim to raise a record-breaking six-figure sum this year for such a great cause.”

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