Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

First Everest.Now Timbuktu!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

First Everest.Now Timbuktu!

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Byline: By Mike Morgan

HIS days would normally be spent helping patients and completing paperwork.

But daring Whitby GP Alistair Sutcliffe has swapped his white coat and stethoscope for a helmet and leathers to embark on a testing 13,000 mile motorbike ride to Timbuktu.

The adventure-loving doctor, 44, of Sleights, climbed Everest in 2006 and is one of the only people in the world to have scaled the highest mountains on all seven continents and reached the summits on his first attempts.

He is now a week into his latest adventure which will see him crossing the burning Sahara Desert and avoiding kidnappers of European travellers on the border of Mali and Niger.

He is steadfastly backed in his endeavour, which is hoped to raise thousands of pounds for Scarborough's St Catherine's Hospice for the terminally ill, by wife Clare McNaught, 36.

Before he left, Dr Sutcliffe said: "It should take about five weeks and will involve travelling through some testing terrain. …

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