Councillor cycles 1,250 miles to raise money for charity

Cllr Rob Blackmann
Cllr Rob Blackmann

A COUNCILLOR will cycle through seven countries and over two alpine passes to raise money for the Alzheimers Society and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Rob Blackman, who represents Seaford on Lewes District Council, will cover 80 miles a day for 16 days.

He organised the ride, which begins in London and ends in Slovenia, and will ride with friends Roy Clarke and Sally Hardy, who are also taking part in the challenge with him.

Rob, 49, said: “The reason we chose the charities is that Roy’s mother died of cancer and my background in health has led me to believe that tackling dementia is one of the biggest social and economic challenges facing us today.

“The ride itself involves cycling on average 80 miles a day for 16 days which is a huge challenge and whilst I am used to cycling I’ve never done anything like this before. And I’m not getting any younger!

“The route takes us from the Slovenian Embassy in London to Harwich, Down from the Hook of Holland to the Rhine, down to Strasbourg and Basel, across to lake Constance, Innsbruck, over the Brenner pass, down the Drau in Austria, into Slovenia and finishing at the British Embassy in Ljubljana which is Slovenia’s Capital.”

The route will also involve a jaw dropping 5,000 meters of climbing and covers a bone shaking 1,250 miles.

Rob said he will also be acting as an ambassador for Rotary and the district council as he travels.

This will involve promoting better links and letting people know what the area has to offer any businesses which might want to relocate to Lewes district.

The Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The charity Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer and pushes for better cancer care.

A staggering one in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer during our life times.

To sponsor Rob, visit