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Falmouth golfer sets off on epic charity bike ride
6:47pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
A Falmouth Golf Club member has set out on an epic 700 mile bike ride to raise money for a charity which helps former servicemen and women.
Plumber Angus Macarthur is riding from Falmouth Golf Club to St Andrews Golf Club in Fife, Scotland, to raise funds for the OnCourse Foundation, which helps with the rehabilitation of former servicemen and women through the medium of golf.
"The idea is to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation which, through golf, allows people who have suffered injuries of various different kinds to play on a level playing field," said Angus, who expects the journey to take him about two and a half weeks.
He reveled he had been inspired to take on the challenge after reading about the charity in a national newspaper.
"I've always wanted to do a big cycle, and I wanted to raise awareness of what I think is a good cause and this was the perfect way to do both. I love my golf - although I'm not particularly good at it! - and I've just got a lot of respect for the service people who let you and me do our day jobs by putting themselves in harms way."
You might imagine that taking on such a Herculean challenge would involve months of training and preparation, but Angus admitted he'd not spent too much time in the gym.
"I have upped my beer intake, so my carbs are quite high," he said, "but other than that I've not really trained for it, so it's a real baptism of fire."
Anyone interested in learning more about the OnCourse Foundation should visit www.oncoursefoundation.com. To make a donation, visit www.bmycharity.com and search for 'Macarthur' or 'Falmouth' in the search box. Alternatively there are sponsorship forms at both Falmouth Golf Club, and the Red Lion pub in Mylor.