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Eight cyclists smash goal from cancer support charity Sophie's Stars by 134 per cent

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A group of eight fundraising friends have smashed through their goal after completing a 411-mile cycling challenge from Land’s End to a Thurston pub.

The riders beat their goal for the cancer support charity Sophie’s Stars by 134 per cent raising £6,742, with donations still coming in.

All the riders were friends or relatives of Sophie Claydon, who died at just 25 years old in 2017 from kidney cancer and is the namesake of their chosen charity.

The riders travelled over 400 miles for the charity Sophie's Stars. Picture: Teresa Claydon.
The riders travelled over 400 miles for the charity Sophie's Stars. Picture: Teresa Claydon.

The mammoth challenge was completed in only 5 days, covering 12 counties across the UK along the way.

The riders faced huge inclines of 4,088ft during their trek, battling against mist and drizzle when they reached the other side. This added an element of danger at times as they avoided cars on slippery roads.

This did not stop them from reaching their final destination, averaging 82.32 miles a day, to get to The Fox and Hounds pub, where friends and family eagerly awaited their return under a balloon arch in the charity's colours.

Russell Claydon, Sophie’s brother from Bury St Edmunds and sports editor at Suffolk News, joined the other riders in the challenge.

He said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who got behind our challenge, helping us raise such an incredible amount and I know my sister Sophie would be so amazed by all of this.

"The funds are set to be used to help people taking the strain of supporting others through cancer or the effect that has had on them.”

The charity was recently launched by Sophie's sister, Leanne Griffths, after she noticed the lack of support available to friends and family of those who support loved ones through cancer.

It wasn’t just local people reaching into their pockets that got the team to their goal.

They received support from an international donor, in the form of a wealthy American businessman who partially owns the football team Ipswich Town.

Sophie’s father and joint support vehicle driver for the team Bruce Claydon, joined the cyclists partially for the last three days as they pushed their way to the finish line.

A marquee was set up for the riders at their final destination where they enjoyed a few well-earned drinks.

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