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Cycling Canon to become Bicycling Bishop

Cycling Canon to become Bicycling Bishop

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Everyone at the Cathedral is delighted with the news that Canon Ed Condry has been appointed the next Bishop of Ramsbury in the diocese of Salisbury. Ed will be consecrated in Westminster Abbey on Friday, 21st September, and installed in Salisbury Cathedral at Evensong on Sunday 23rd September. The official announcement may be found here.

I am tremendously honoured and privileged to have been asked to serve God as Bishop of Ramsbury, supporting the people and parishes of Wiltshire and Dorset

Ed said following the announcement.

Sarah and I have had 10 wonderful years in Canterbury, and have made many close friends that we will miss hugely. The whole Cathedral community has always been very supportive and we will have many happy memories of our time in The Precincts

Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, added

Ed and Sarah have been part of our life for the last 10 years and we shall be very sad to say good-bye to them, but this is splendid news for the Salisbury diocese; Ed and Sarah’s talents will be a great asset, and we wish them and their family all the best with this new stage of their ministry.

Ed is also back on his bike this summer. This time he’s cycling from Olympia in Greece, birth place of the Olympic Games, to the Olympic Stadium in London; and it is all for charity.

Not alone in his venture, Canon Condry, will be joined by a hearty bunch of cyclists, all fundraising for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

You can sponsor the riders by clicking here or Text 70300 with the message AIR OLYMPICS to automatically donate £3 to their sponsorship. They aim to raise £50000.

The helicopter emergency medical service provided by the Air Ambulance is completely independent and is not part of the Ambulance Service or the NHS, funded almost entirely by voluntary donations. The two helicopters and their medical teams attend approximately four to six emergencies every day. The service covers all three counties and can reach any part of the region within 20 minutes.

The 12 cyclists, three women and nine men, with an age range of over 40 years between them, will start from Greece at 7.00am on June 30th. There will be no time to sample Greek delicacies or to leisurely enjoy the scenery as the cyclists will have to travel 1500 miles in just 15 days.

You can follow their progress at There will be regular reports and photos on their blog, as well as a live GPS feed which will show you exactly where they are on a map of Europe. Once they arrive at Lucerne, Switzerland, they will be joined by another 15 riders, together all 27 will cycle back to London.

The ride will be gruelling and the cyclists will have to contend with the heat of Greece as well as travelling up to 130 miles. The riders will consume about 6000 kcals extra each day, and drink at least a gallon of water. The hardest challenge will be the 11000 foot climb following the ‘Old Road’ over the Gotthard Pass from Italy to Switzerland.

The team members are all experienced cyclists who have put in many hours of training with the scientific help of Dr Damian Coleman of Canterbury Christ Church University.

The members of this group have in previous years cycled 1200 miles from Canterbury to Rome, and rowed the English Channel. Along the way they have raised over £300000 for the Cathedral Trust and other worthy charities.

They will arrive in the precincts of the Cathedral at 4.15pm on Saturday 14th July. Please come and welcome them before they cycle onto London the next day to complete their ride.

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