V4I2 - Action Man Goes Arctic for CANCERactive

Roger Johnson

Sixty-three year old, Roger Johnson, ex-commando parachutist and the real life model for the original "Action Man" doll is off to the Arctic Circle this summer (2005).

The 2000 mile bicycle journey through Norway to the Arctic Circle and then through Sweden and, possibly, Finland will be difficult and hazardous. Roger will be completely unsupported, carrying all his food and equipment, and often having to carry or push his bike (100 lbs fully loaded) over the mountains. He will also be forced to make huge detours when faced with mountain tunnels that are hazardous to cyclists because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. His main worries, aside from being injured miles from civilisation, will be wild animals and the risk of disorientation.

Roger, who hopes to complete the journey in two weeks, is no stranger to adventure. He has completed a total of 10 marathons and 10 triathlons.

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In 2003, he cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, a round journey of 1000 miles and, last year, survived a gruelling 1400 mile trip across the Pyrenees. Says Roger, "I cannot promise to complete the journey, but am in good health and my training and survival skills mean I stand a good chance.

"A friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago has had brilliant support from both CANCERactive and the Wessex Cancer Help Centre in Chichester, Sussex. I very much hope these charities will be able to use my expedition to raise much needed funds."

Photograph kindly supplied by Kate Shemilt, Chichester Observer

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