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Officers return triumphant after 270 mile charity cycle to Belgium

Officers Gareth Cox and Richard Bathe have returned triumphant following an impressive 270 mile, four day ride from Ypres, Belgium, to Northampton, in support of Ride for Hope Challenge 2018. 

This year’s ride, titled ‘Bringing the Troops Home’ aimed to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1 and the troops returning.

The officers joined more than 40 other cyclists, including Police and Crime Commissioner Stephan Mold, as they started the ride on Thursday, September 6 and returned on Sunday, September 9.

In total the officers helped raise a remarkable £1,872 which will go towards helping the homeless at the Hope Centre in Northampton. 

PC Gareth Cox, said: “We travelled through the iconic Menin gate, through the magical city of Bruges and across the border into Holland. We cycled passed the impressive dykes in the western coastal edges, into the ports where we got on a ferry overnight to Harwich, and then a long ride across the country to Cambridge and then back to Northampton which concluded with a ceremony with the Mayor.

“The ride was tough, especially on day three which included a 35 mile stretch without any breaks.

“Other than feeling very sore at the moment, it has been a tremendously fulfilling experience throughout. The level of self-determination required and the feeling of achievement afterwards is great. When you’re pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and getting the end result is a great feeling.

“I’m now looking forward to another challenge next year!”

PC Richard Bathe, said: “I love cycling anyway, but to do it for a worthwhile cause is even better. We had initially hoped to raise £1000 between us, but so far we have managed to almost double that having raised £1,872, and people are still donating.

“We hope the money will help the homeless and therefore have a positive impact on the wider community as well.”

Both officers have already surpassed their joint Just Giving target: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/garethcox0442

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