Mammoth mission for Barry

PUBLISHED: 17:30 28 June 2011

(click on image for larger view)  Sandford, Barry Sparks is doing a 2,500 bike ride for charity.

(click on image for larger view) Sandford, Barry Sparks is doing a 2,500 bike ride for charity.

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A WESTON father will go on a mammoth mission, cycling 2,500 miles and climbing the Three Peaks, for two causes close to his heart.

Barry Sparks, of Nye Road in Sandford, will set off on his task to all corners of Great Britain on Saturday.

The 58-year-old Weston Rugby Club player will be waved off from the Weston Rocks event and will head towards Dover, up to Cape Wrath in North West Scotland.

As part of his mission to be raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer and the Down’s Syndrome Association, he will tackle Ben Nevis, Scafel Pike and Snowdon on his way through Great Britain.

Barry, who says he is looking forward to the weekend, when he will be waved off from the Weston Rugby Club event, says the causes are particularly close to his family’s heart, for personal reasons.

He said: “I like to think I can complete my mission in six to seven weeks.

“I wanted a challenge.

“I completed the London Marathon four years ago, but I’ve never done anything on this scale before.

“The last time I did any kind of distance on a bike was 20 years ago when I cycled one day across the Mendip Hills.

“It’s only recently that I’ve tried any serious cycling.

“This is a new venture for me.”

Barry, who moved to Sandford from Manchester in 1984, will be camping and staying with friends and relatives on his trip.

He added: “I won’t get good weather all the way, but a little bit of rain never hurt anybody.”

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