A County Derry man has set off on an epic bike ride from Berlin to his home town of Limavady to raise money for charity.
James Thompson (25), hopes to cycle more than 2,300 kms in under three weeks.
His solo run will see him taking in the sights and sounds of Amsterdam, Brussels, Calais and Glasgow on his way back.
James has already raised over £1,000 for the National Association of Colitis and Crohn’s, a charity close to his heart and he himself suffers from Crohn’s while a number of relatives suffer from Colitis.
He said he does not think his condition will hold him back though.
Speaking to the ‘Derry Journal’ as he prepared to jet off for Berlin at the weekend, James said: “I have had colitiis since I was 17 but mine is under control and doesn’t really affect me. It can be a lot worse. I wanted to do something because these conditions can be completely life-changing, and can be really really debilitaitng. I’m fit and able and I see it as my duty to do something like this.”
James said he was inspired to get on his bike by Scottish round the world cycling record holder Mark Beaumont.
I wanted to make it achievable and part of the appeal would be to see places I have never been before and meet new people.”
James, who took up cycling a few years ago, will be cycling between 50 to 90 miles a day.
To keep up to date with his progress go to www.walltovalley.blogspot.co.uk and to donate go to www.justgiving.com/James-Thompson21.