Five ride from Andorra to UK for Cancer Research

FIVE cyclists from Potters Bar and the surrounding area have raised more than �7,500 for charity after riding from Andorra to the UK. Richard Gouriet, Chris Dixon, Ed Heseltine, Tim Dixon and Matt Cardell-Williams cycled more than 1,450 miles through

FIVE cyclists from Potters Bar and the surrounding area have raised more than �7,500 for charity after riding from Andorra to the UK.

Richard Gouriet, Chris Dixon, Ed Heseltine, Tim Dixon and Matt Cardell-Williams cycled more than 1,450 miles through eight countries over 16 days, before finishing at Buckingham Palace last Sunday.

There, they were greeted by Hertsmere mayor Rosemary Gilligan, before being chauffeur-driven back to Potters Bar for a welcome home party.

So far, the intrepid quintet has raised �7,500 for Cancer Research UK, although the final sum is expected to top �8,000.


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Chris, 49, said the idea for the trip came out of a previous cycling challenge, where he, Richard and three other friends rode from John O'Groats to Land's End for charity.

Chris, of Neville Close, said cycling through the Alps was his highlight of the ride.

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"We got up to 9,000ft," he said.

"It was just amazing."

Richard, 26, described Cancer Research UK as an "absolutely fantastic" charity.

"Everybody knows somebody that has had cancer or has died from cancer," he said.

"They are doing a great job."

Matt, 18, agreed.

"It is one of the big charities but it is such a worthwhile cause because it affects so many people," he said.

There is still time left to sponsor the fivesome.

Go to www.justgiving.com/atob2009 to make a donation.

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