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Cheddleton Heath man cycles his way to raise £750 for Douglas Macmillan

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

  • Mr Poole heads towards the finishing line at The Mall

  • Pedalling hard around Westminster

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A PREACHER has raised £750 for charity by cycling 86 miles around London and Surrey.

Les Poole, aged 67, of Cheddleton Heath, has taken part in the Prudential Ride London event which attracted thousands of amateur and professional riders.

Mr Poole, pictured heading towards the finishing line in The Mall, who is a preacher for the Methodist Church circuit in the Staffordshire Moorlands, raised the money from sponsorship from family members and friends from the churches.

He said: "The weather was very wet, but it was wonderful to participate in the event.

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"We were going through flooded roads and there were a lot of punctures, but thankfully I manage without one. We were, however, held up at Richmond for 30 minutes due to an accident."

Mr Poole has been cycling all his life, but said he did put in some extra training for the London event.

He added: "It was great cycling through closed roads around London. We started at Olympic Park and finished at The Mall where everyone was clapping. There were thousands of spectators, even around the route that went into Surrey.

"The event was to be 100 miles, but due to the condition the organisers reduced it to 86 miles.

"I managed to complete the route in five hours 37 minutes, which included the 30 minutes we were held up.

"There is a chip at the back of your number which keeps the time you are on the road.

"I would like to thank everyone who sponsored and supported me. The money is to be donated to Douglas Macmillan which I feel is a very good cause. I know people who have been helped by the organisation."

The amateur riders started early in the morning and the professionals in the afternoon.

Mr Poole's wife, Pamela, also took part in a 10 mile fun event which involved a 10 mile course around the centre of the capital.

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