A keen sportsman who has helped raised almost £200,000 for local charities has been chosen as an Olympic torch bearer in recognition of his fundraising efforts.
Medical student Jerome Condry's latest challenge is a 1,500-mile bike ride from the birthplace of the Olympics to the London 2012 stadium in aid of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
The 21-year-old will be joined by his father Canon Edward Condry and a dozen other cyclists as they pedal through Italy, Switzerland and France before they arrive in Stratford on July 15th.
On July 20th, he will then carry the Olympic torch through Chatham to herald the start of the eagerly-awaited games.
He said: “It was really amazing and un-expected to be nominated and it’s a real privilege. I’ve always done this sort of thing since helping out at church fetes.
“When I was nine I washed lots of cars and sold teas and coffees to raise £1,000 for a walk we did in Morocco.”
Although not particularly sporty in his childhood, Jerome caught the bug during a climbing trip in the Atlas Mountains sponsored in aid of a local hospice.
In 2007, he cycled from Canterbury to Rome in 16 days and raised £145,000 for 10 local charities. He has also rowed the English Channel and the length of the Thames, raising more than £40,000 for charity.
He now rows at Oxford where he is currently sitting his final exams at Corpus Christi but has still found time for his Olympic challenge.
The group will cycle an average of 100 miles a day and will be monitored as part of a scientific study by Dr Damian Coleman of Canterbury Christ Church University.
He will be testing all the riders and giving them individually-tailored training programmes to maximize their fitness.
His findings will be used as part of a university research project on the effect of extreme exercise on the human body. The most gruelling part of the ride will be a 6,909ft climb at Gotthard Pass over the Alps in Switzerland.