Brian Smith, a senior member of the Ely Dojo, completed The Cape Town Cycle Tour in only eight hours and three minutes.

He decided to take a break from judo at the Ely Dojo and tackle a 109km cycle in Cape Town, which includes five mountain climbs.

He crossed the finishing line ahead of more than 1,000 other riders.

Ely Standard: Brian crossing the finishing line in Cape Town.Brian crossing the finishing line in Cape Town. (Image: Ely Dojo)

Not only has Brian completed an incredible achievement, he's also raised much needed funds for The Jones Safe House charity, which is near Kommetjie in Cape Town, South Africa.

The charity takes on abused, abandoned and neglected children who are often left by parents facing drug addiction.

"It takes a lot of funds to keep The Jones Safe House on its feet.

"Every month is a struggle to cover the running costs of food, education and other necessities.

"As the new year starts, we are struggling, particularly with the cost of school fees, uniforms and books for our children, who deserve a decent education.

"The current complement of ever growing children and young adults is 14."

Ely Standard: Brian tackled a 109km bike ride for charity.Brian tackled a 109km bike ride for charity. (Image: Ely Dojo)

Brian is still fundraising for the charity and the link to his Just Giving page is here.

The Ely Dojo is asking if people can dig deep and help with this worthy cause. 

The cycling hero is a much-loved member of the Ely Dojo, having returned to the club after a 20 year break.

Ely Standard: Brian is a much-loved member at the Ely Dojo.Brian is a much-loved member at the Ely Dojo. (Image: Ely Dojo)

He visited to donate his old judo suits, but soon found himself back into training.

He's since adapted his own pace to train without injury and helping the senior membership with advice and coaching.

In 2023, Brian passed his British Judo technical examination and achieved his 2nd Dan black belt and is currently completing his own coaching award.

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