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The arctic cyclists

23 June 2010

Four Bristol physics alumni are planning to cycle from Oslo to Nordkapp to raise money for the British Lung Foundation.

Alex Dunlop (MSc 2005, PhD 2008), Joanna Evangelides (BSc 2004, PhD 2010), Craig Williams (PhD 2008) and James Vicary (PhD 2006) will be setting off on the 1,568-mile journey on 10 July 2010. They aim to reach Nordkapp - the most northern tip of Norway - in two weeks.

They are all keen adventurers and cyclists, and wanted to take on a cycling challenge, as Alex said: 'Cycling to the North Cape, which is within the arctic circle (and has 24 hours daylight in the summer) has been a challenge that James has always wanted to complete. Of course it's going to be extremely tough, but we hope that the stunning surroundings should more than compensate for the physical exhaustion!'

The four were all members of the Nano and Soft Matter Group in the Department of Physics. Alex said: 'As we have all gone our separate ways since completing our PhDs we have found events like these are a good way of staying in contact with each other and the department.'

They are supporting the British Lung Foundation in memory of Joanna's grandfather. He was a GP and medical researcher who specialised in chest diseases and did a lot of work around TB. They also thought that 'healthy lungs would be important for the trip.'

To fund out more and support the team go to their JustGiving page or contact Alex at alexwdunlop@googlemail.com.