The Whitehaven News, 9 April 2015


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By Andrew Clarke

Last updated at 10:51, Thursday, 09 April 2015

A CYCLIST has conquered some of the world’s most arduous terrain and extreme weather in a remarkable charity challenge.

The final few metres

Top gear: Laurence Gribble (right) and Nick Codrington cross the finishing line after their charity ride

DSCN8379 Laurence & Nick at Ak-baital Pass, 4655m, 24 Dec 14 comp

Snow joke: Laurence Gribble (left) and Nick Codrington braved freezing temperatures during the ride

St Bees man Laurence Gribble – and fellow Cambridge University graduate Nick Codrington – cycled 17,298km from London to Hong Kong and so far have raised £15,400 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Having cycled through 20 countries over nine months, a finishing party was held for the duo at Hong Kong’s iconic Sky100 tower.

Nick said: “Having cycled 17,298km in 262 days, I feel that anything is possible once you make the decision to go for it and set your mind to it.

“It was not an easy nine months, from pushing the bike up steep sandy inclines in Afghanistan, to battling freezing cold conditions (-45°C) and altitude sickness.”

As well as the weather and terrain, the cyclists had to encounter food poisoning, rabid dogs, wolves and even deportation from Turkmenistan stemming from visa issues which added 200km to their journey. They took a tent but relied on youth hostels and public generosity for food and shelter.

Laurence said: “We encountered endless examples of wonderful hospitality, and wherever we went, everyone offered us food, drink and accommodation. Many evenings were spent talking over local home brews!

“People’s kindness, often even without a mutual language, proved that even in this modern world of technology and wealth, we have not lost true hospitality.

“All along the way, teamwork and friendship were vital to our success. Neither one of us could have physically, and certainly not mentally, managed to complete the same journey. Through tough times we kept each other going and built on four years’ friendship.

“Without support from family and friends, as well as strangers, the expedition would have been nearly impossible. I owe infinite thanks to both parents, Nick and Corrine, for their undying support and help.”

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