CBS journalists begin five-day memorial charity bike ride

The friends of two British CBS journalists killed by a car bomb in Baghdad have begun their five-day cycle ride to raise charity funds in their memory.

Paul Douglas, a news cameraman, and James Brolan, a freelance sound man, died alongside a US soldier and an Iraqi translator when a bomb exploded as they accompanied US troops in central Baghdad.

To mark the third anniversary of their deaths, their colleagues Andy Clarke, Mark Ludlow and Andy Stevenson plan to cycle from London to a memorial for fallen journalists in Bayeux, France.

The trio of “overweight and out of shape” journalists started their five-day journey at 10am yesterday at St Bride’s on London’s Fleet Street.

If successful, they will arrive at the memorial site on 29 May, three years to the day after their friends were killed.

They have so far raised £18,300 for the charities chosen by their late friends’ families.

The money will be shared between the Rory Peck Trust and Reporters Without Borders.

To donate, visit http://www.justgiving.com/bayeuxbybike.

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