Jordan cycle trek gets under way

Mr Andrew Duncan and Mr Nidal Bittar from Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Mr Andrew Duncan and Mr Nidal Bittar from Blackpool Victoria Hospital
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Cycling 350km in just five days is no mean feat in a country you’re used to... to do it across the Jordanian desert is an especially gruelling challenge.

But that is exactly what is currently being done by cardiothoracic consultants Andrew Duncan and Nidal Bittar.

The adventurous duo are raising money for the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund to benefit patients of the Lancashire Cardiac Centre in Blackpool, where they both work.

By Friday they will have completed the trek, which has already made £8,000 for the centre with donations still coming in.

Before he left for the challenge, Mr Duncan, from Lytham, said: “I am a lot fitter than I was three months ago – I’ve lost a stone and a half in weight. There are a lot of up-hill climbs in this challenge which will have to be done in desert heat so I’m expecting it to be a very arduous experience.”

Despite the hard work, both Mr Duncan, 55, and Mr Bittar, 45, of Blackpool, were excited about getting started.

Mr Duncan added: “The third day will be the killer as it has a 4,500ft climb, but we will do it. We are grateful to everyone who has donated.”

Donations can still be made by cheque to the pair at the Lancashire Cardiac Centre.