Alan meets Kevin Phillips, goalkeeper for Manchester
City Football Club. Headlines in local paper:
"City goalie keeps balls out of nets, meets campaigner
trying to keep dolphins out of nets."
Alan Cooper of Cetacea Defence has been celebrating
the completion of not just one end-to-end cycle
marathon, but two.
The cycle rides were intended to raise awareness
about the incidence of whales, dolphins and porpoises
dying in fishing nets.
Alan, a retired gardener from Shaftesbury, set off from
Lands End on April 22, intending to cycle to John O'Groats,
in support of the European Cetacean By-Catch Campaign.
He arrived in John O'Groats on May 11th covering a distance of 1005 miles in 20 days, despite suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Having recovered from this incredible cycle ride, on May 27th 2002, Alan left Malin Head in Northern Ireland and cycled with the intention of cycling to Mizen Point in the Republic of Ireland.
Alan successfully achieved his goal.
On behalf of all those campaigning on behalf of whales, dolphins and porpoises, the European Cetacean Bycatch Campaign would like to thank Alan Cooper for his courage and determination.