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Into the Valley of Death . . .

Posted on October 31 2016 at 11:34:07


A Hopwood fundraiser is gearing up for his biggest challenge yet – cycling 260 miles across America’s Death Valley.

Ray Harrison began taking on charity challenges after he survived two heart attacks 13 years ago, and he and the groups he travelled with have raised more than £500,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

In 2006, The Village featured Ray – then aged 50 – as he prepared for a trek up Machu Picchu, and he followed this up with a trek to Everest Base Camp and three cycle marathons: Vietnam to Cambodia, India’s Golden Triangle, and Atlantic to Pacific across Costa Rica.

Now aged 61, Ray describes the Death Valley ride as “my last big one, the ultimate challenge.”

He will complete the journey through the Mojave Desert over five days starting on November 12.

Death Valley, in eastern California, is the lowest, driest and hottest area in North America and temperatures can reach well over 100°F in summer.

In November the temperature is still expected to be in the 90s, and Ray will be supported by a medical team.

Ray is covering the cost of the trip himself – “It’s not a holiday!” he says – and hopes to raise up to £7,000 through donations and sponsorship.

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