From Suffolk to South Africa - on a bike

AN INTREPID fundraiser is taking on the challenge of a lifetime and spending some quality time in the saddle for an energy sapping cycle ride across 17 countries.

Craig Robinson

AN INTREPID fundraiser is taking on the challenge of a lifetime and spending some quality time in the saddle for an energy sapping cycle ride across 17 countries.

Adam Wolley, of Saxtead, near Famlingham, is travelling a gruelling 10,000 miles from London to Cape Town, South Africa, in aid of the Malaria Consortium.

The 21-year-old set off on New Year's Day from Marble Arch and is now in the south of France.

He is expected to arrive at his destination in around seven months and will have experienced everything from the freezing snowfall of the Alps to the soaring temperatures of the African deserts.

The 10,000 mile route will see him travel through countries including France, Italy, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.

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Adam, who caught malaria while travelling in Africa in 2007, was inspired to take on the challenge after watching a documentary about Mark Beaumont, a Scot who wanted to smash the World record for cycling around the globe.

Posting on his website he said: “Three years ago whilst travelling through Tanzania I was unlucky enough to get malaria.

“It was a deeply humbling experience. Despite all of the western medicine that was available to me I spent a week utterly debilitated and had I had, like so many unfortunates in Africa, no aid at all, I would certainly, like them, have died. This was something I was determined to try and change.

“Malaria is especially a serious problem in Africa, where one in every five childhood deaths is due to the effects of the disease. An African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each year. And every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.

“It costs a mere �5 to make and deliver a mosquito net that can provide essential protection at night for two children or a pregnant mother. My aim is to raise �5,000, which will fund 1,000 nets.”

To support Adam's cause visit www.justgiving.com/adamwolley or keep up to date with his progress at www.wheresadam.moonfruit.com .

Adam's updates on Twitter

Yesterday: Have arrived at the Med! Have crossed France diagonally in 12 days! Will have lunch in Cannes I think. :)

Thursday, January 14: Tough going today, thunderstorm with horizontal rain, everything is wet, head wind and hills mean average of 11kph, did 25.8 the other day!

Wednesday, January 13: On a real high. Broken spoke fixed free, the cote d'azure gets more beautiful with every k and the snows gone! Was wearing my sunnies!!

Monday, January 11: Just stopped to celebrate my 1,000th kilometre. My reward is a beautiful sunset over the river Rhone and the foothills of the Alps.

Wednesday, January 6: Problems aplenty today. Mainly in the form of a temperature of -10 and lots of snow. Had to stop at hotel after 70k due to snowstorm.

Sunday, January 3: Not been the ideal start! 100km done but double puncture, have run out of water and have little food. Camped and it's -5 degrees.

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