ALEX RODE A GRUELLING 194 MILES AROUND THE ISLAND OF MAJORCA TO...

ALEX RODE A GRUELLING 194 MILES AROUND THE ISLAND OF MAJORCA TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ST ANNE’S HOSPICE

Cruising around the Mediterranean as a crew member on a yacht is plain sailing for Alex Marsh, from Gatley.

But riding 194 miles around the island of Majorca was a more demanding challenge for the novice cyclist.

Alex safely completed the Mallorca 312 – so named to reflect the kilometres covered – within the 14-hour limit.

The tough winding route, climbing mountains and exploring coastal paths, took him near the capital Palma, his home for the last seven years.

Alex hopes to raise £2,500 for St Ann’s Hospice from his adventure in memory of late uncles Ian Haig and Alan Haig who were both patients there.

Last December he also lost his mother-in-law Terresa Provost who was treated by a hospice in Michigan, USA, where she lived.

Alex is engineer and second-in-command on a 30-metre sailing yacht moored in Palma and which will shortly set sail for Turkey and Greece.

Alex said: “St Ann’s isn’t just a facility. It’s a group of compassionate, hard-working individuals who provide genuine love and care. It receives only a third of its funding from the NHS and the rest comes from donations.

“Cycling is new to me and this was the biggest challenge I’ve ever done. Palma is a mecca for large yachts and the owner of my yacht kindly made the biggest single donation to my fundraising.”