Oakham cyclist David finishes cathedral challenge

David Graham outside the final cathedral EMN-150810-090153001

David Graham outside the final cathedral EMN-150810-090153001

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An amateur cyclist crossed the finish line of a 2,500 mile challenge on Saturday when he arrived at Peterborough Cathedral.

David Graham, 44 and from Oakham, was delighted to finish the challenge of cycling to the 42 Anglican cathedrals in England - stretching from Truro to Newcastle.

David, a professional musician and director of Oakham-based DG Music Agency, has spent 24 days cycling on six separate trips since he started the challenge in March.

Last week David undertook his final 700 mile northern route taking him to the final 14 cathedrals including Liverpool, Manchester, Carlisle and Durham.

He was accompanied by more than 30 cycling supporters from his local cycling club, Velo Club Rutland on the ride to the final cathedral in Peterborough on Saturday lunchtime.

David undertook the challenge in memory of his brother Allister who died in 2008 aged just 32. He had a long history of mental health problems, so David’s chosen charity was Rethink Mental Illness, which aims to support those that suffer with these difficult issues.

David said: “It’s a great feeling to finally complete the challenge. There were some very difficult days when I had to dig deep to carry on. I just hope that it’s helped to raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental illness.”

David has already raised nearly £5000 for the charity but is keen to increase the total if possible.

To donate and also to read David’s full blog of his rides visit www.cathedralcycletour.com.