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Cycle trek for heroes

A GROUP of friends have cycled from Solihull to Paris in memory of a soldier, fatally injured in Afghanistan.

A GROUP of friends have cycled from Solihull to Paris in memory of a soldier, fatally injured in Afghanistan.

Lt John Charles Sanderson was wounded in an explosion in Helmand Province on July 13 last year.

Following the blast, the 29-year-old serviceman was flown back to the UK, but died of his injuries a month later.

His cousin, borough man Richard McCrainor, organised the bike ride to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Richard, along with seven pals from Solihull Rugby Club, took part in the four-day cycle ride.

The group set off from Shirley,s Village Hotel on Saturday (July 23), hoping to raise £10,000 for the charity.

Averaging 80 miles a day, they pedalled down the Champs -Elysees last Tuesday.

Team-mate Richard Gamlin, of Park Avenue, Solihull, said the group had been training for nine months.

“It’s taken a bit of plotting to get the route, with the right roads to get us there,” said the 49-year-old.

“It’s a great cause and we wanted to do something to support it.”

To sponsor the team, go to www.bmycharity.com/PedalforParis

 

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