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NFU boss gets on his bike in Stafford for charity

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

The cycling team travelling along Woodseaves Road (B5405) towards Great Bridgeford

he cycling team travelling along Woodseaves Road (B5405) towards Great Bridgeford

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NFU president Peter Kendall paid a flying visit to Stafford - as part of a gruelling 1,000 mile charity cycle ride.

Mr Kendall was joined by Oxford Farming Conference chairman Richard Whitlockand more than 10 fellow riders for the Farm Cycle Challenge, which raised more than £30,000 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi), the Addington Fund, the Farming Community Network and Farm Africa, a charity working to end food poverty in Eastern Africa.

The 12-day challenge saw the intrepid team call at every NFU regional office and NFU Cymru. They passed through Staffordshire on the penultimate day, travelling 77 miles from Telford to Kenilworth via Shut Heath (near Haughton), Stafford, Brocton, Slitting Mill, Rugeley and Handsacre.

Mr Kendall said “This has been one of the hardest things either of us has ever done, and we are so happy to have completed our course.

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“Our thanks go to all those who supported us along the way, including the local farmers and local knowledge which was wonderfully helpful."

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