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Adventurer Dhruv Boruah aims to rid the river of plastic waste

A cyclist is pedalling the length of the river Thames in a bid to rid the waterway of litter.

With just a bicycle, two bamboo sticks and a pair of floats, Dhruv Boruah has made his way through Oxfordshire, picking up litter and plastic waste on his 150 mile journey.

 

Speaking to the Oxford Mail, he said: “I always wanted to do more adventures and push myself out of my comfort zone.

“Recently I have been learning a lot more about plastic pollution and thought, as a normal citizen, why not try to help?”

 

Dhruv began his efforts in Lechlade on Monday, and reached Oxford on Wednesday.

He added: “I have two racks on the back which I have filled up each day. I wouldn’t say Oxford has been any worse than other areas, but before I got to Osney Lock it was quite nice, then I could tell I had got to an urban area as I started seeing the cans, takeaway packets and beer bottles.”

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.