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Police rider raises £1,600

PUBLISHED: 17:36 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 16 August 2010

A POLICE sergeant who cycled 987 miles from John O Groats to Lands End in 10 days has raised more than £1,600 for charity. Rob Richards, 37, from Biggin Hill, completed his epic journey through heavy snow and hail, and was even taken to hospital after he

A POLICE sergeant who cycled 987 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End in 10 days has raised more than £1,600 for charity.

Rob Richards, 37, from Biggin Hill, completed his epic journey through heavy snow and hail, and was even taken to hospital after he was knocked off his bike.

He said: "I received fantastic support from total strangers throughout the bike ride.

"I would like to thank everyone who's sponsored me, it is very much appreciated.

"The challenges faced by our wounded service personnel can be huge and the support they receive from Help for Heroes is invaluable".

The ride, which he completed on June 5, started off in poor weather with it raining in John O'Groats, hail stones over the Grampian Mountains, and then snow.

He was also knocked off his bike by a caravan halfway through his journey and 400 yards from his evening camp. He received two stitches to a lower back injury and treatment to his ankle.

Funding the ride completely by himself, Mr Richards completed the ride with no support, carrying everything he needed on his bike, a tent, sleeping equipment and food.

If anyone wants to make a donation, visit www.bmycharity.com/robrichardsend2end.

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