The chairman of the Suffolk branch of the CLA (Country Land and Business Association) has completed an epic 500 kilometre cycle challenge across rugged terrain and soaring temperatures in Kenya.
Ben Crossman, who is Estates Manager at Orwell Park Estates in Suffolk, joined 75 other riders from around the world as he cycled from Nairobi to Meru to raise money for Child.org, an international development charity dedicated to ensuring every child has an opportunity to survive and prosper from birth to adulthood.
The route took Ben along technically difficult and dusty off road tracks in temperatures that peaked at 41 degrees Celsius. It took 6 days to complete the ride and included 6,000 metres of uphill climbs along the way.
Speaking after completing the challenge Ben said:
“I am overjoyed to have completed such a gruelling challenge and loved every minute of the experience. It was both physically and mentally demanding and all the cyclists worked as a team to get through it. I encouraged a number of the other riders who were struggling at times and this camaraderie was key to us completing the challenge.
“During the ride we visited some of the projects that are supported by Child.org. We heard harrowing stories of women that had been victims of some horrific crimes and how the charity was helping them to rebuild their lives. There were some emotional moments and it brought to the fore why it is so important to raise money to support the work that is ongoing there.
“I have raised over £5,500 so far which is fantastic but there is still time for people to donate if they wish to do so.”
To donate to Ben’s fundraising page click here.
The CLA represents farmers, landowners and rural business across England and Wales. As chairman of the Suffolk branch Ben represents the interests of CLA members in the county and ensures their thoughts and concerns are heard at regional and national levels.