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Carl's Cycling Challenge

07 June 2017

Hospital consultant Carl Philpott has swapped the flatlands of Norfolk for the hills of the Peak District, Malverns and Cheddar Gorge as he enters the final phase of training for a gruelling bike ride across Britain.

The 41-year-old from Norwich, who is a consultant ENT surgeon and rhinologist at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, will be taking part in the 970-mile Deloitte Ride Across Britain.

Starting at Land’s End on 9 September, Carl aims to cycle an average of 110 miles a day to arrive in John O’Goats eight days later.

“It’s a daunting challenge but I’m looking forward to it,” said Carl. “I am now entering the final phase of training – and have been looking to cycle in some more testing terrain, including the Peak District, so that I am fully prepared for steeper climbs that aren’t available in East Anglia.”

Carl is hoping to raise £10,000 for Fifth Sense, a charity which helps those who suffer with smell and taste disorders. The charity has a remit to help educate the public on the importance of smell and taste in everyday life to help convey the impact of losing these senses.

In his role as a prominent ear, nose and throat surgeon, Carl is currently playing a leading role in a major research project looking at the management of adult chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), which has been awarded more than £3 million in funding from the National Institute of Health Research.

To sponsor Carl on the cycle ride, visit