Ian cycles to flush out cash for toilets

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WHEN Ian Toulson decided to help his village hall pay for new toilets the keen cyclist knew just what to do.

The veteran of long distance cycle rides through Britain, France, America, Australia and around the Irish and the North Sea coasts, decided to get on his bike again.

So in mid-April the 66 -year-old from Walsham-le-Willows will boost the village hall’s fund for the £50,000 toilet revamp by cycling 3,000 miles along three of Europe’s longest rivers on what he calls his Kumfy Karsy Kwest.

“I reckon it will take me eight weeks,” he said. “Well, I’ve told the wife it will be eight weeks because I’ve got to be back by July for our 40th anniversary.”

He has already started collecting by putting a toilet bowl in village shops, clubs and pubs so people can throw money down the pan.

But his real effort will start with a short ride down to Harwich for the ferry to Holland where he will pick up the Rhine cycle route, which he will follow to Lake Constance in the foothills of the Swiss Alps.

From there he will go to the sorce of the Danube at Donaueschingen and cycle the river’s rout to Budapest before crossing Slovakia into southern Poland to pick up the Vistula at Lake Goczalkowickie and following it as closely as possible to its mouth at Gdansk on the Baltic.

He will then follow the Polish and German coasts, cross Denmark to Esjberg and catch the ferry back to Harwich and home, hopefully in time for his anniversary.

People can sponsor him for a fixed amount regardless of distance completed, per country visited or per 100 miles.

He has produced a booklet with a Gift Aid sponsorship form or donors can contact him at iandmj@tiscali.co.uk

Books about his previous rides are available from http://iansbikerides.webplus.net