A MIDDLE Rasen vicar is getting back on his bike to raise money for charity.
The Rev David Post set off last week to follow National Cycle Route No 1, starting from the point where it passes Market Rasen – the traffic lights near the railway bridge.
The route meanders mainly up the east coast until it ends at the far north of the Shetland Isles; the return route will take in the west coast, including a stop-off in Northern Ireland before coming back inland through Yorkshire.
All in all the journey will cover about 2,000 miles.
Two years ago David cycled from Middle Rasen to Land’s End to John O’Groats, but the journey had to be cut short at Inverness.
However, last year David took the train to Inverness and cycled back the 500-plus miles he had missed out.
“I said in 2010 never again, but you know how it is, you recover and start cycling again,” he said.
And, once again, David will be raising money to support the work at St George’s Church in Baghdad.
The church distributes food to more than 4,000 people every week, runs an education programme for children and staffs a health clinic – all costing more than £60,000 per month from voluntary giving.
“Last time my target was £5,000 and with the generous response of everyone the final total was an amazing £11,219,” said David.
“This time my target is £12,000 – a huge amount, but I believe we can reach it.”
Donations in support of David’s epic ride can be made through Middle Rasen church – cheques made payable to FRRME (David Post’s Bike-ride) – or on line through Paypal at www.FRRME.org mentioning David Post’s bike ride.