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‘Amazing’ supporters welcome round-Britain pair back home

PUBLISHED: 18:00 06 September 2015

Maggie Scorer celebrates the end of her ride as she crosses the finish line outside the Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh. Picture: Steve Waller

Maggie Scorer celebrates the end of her ride as she crosses the finish line outside the Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh. Picture: Steve Waller

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An epic 5,000m round-Britain journey finished where it started six months ago, as a Suffolk grandmother rode into Aldeburgh with her canine travelling companion in tow.

Maggie Scorer celebrates with family and friends outside the Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh. Picture: Steve Waller. Maggie Scorer celebrates with family and friends outside the Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh. Picture: Steve Waller.

Along the way, Maggie Scorer tackled remote stretches of tough terrain, facing down all kinds of extreme weather – but her homeward trip was met by a crowd of supporters and the assurance that her fundraising efforts had been worthwhile.

With nine-year-old retriever Oscar being pulled behind in a specially-built trailer, Maggie crossed the finish line at the Wentworth Hotel to a chorus of encouragement on Saturday.

Having made the approach from Thorpeness accompanied by three of her eight grandchildren, the 66-year-old said: “The support has been amazing. It’s a bit surreal looking at a map of Britain and thinking we covered it all.

“As well as being physically demanding, it has been quite a spiritual journey – such a combination of fantastic things, from the people we met to the places we’ve seen.”

The coastal odyssey aimed to raise £25,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and for Stillborn & Neonatal Deaths (Sands). The current total is more than £21,000.

Maggie, whose other achievements include becoming Butley’s first female ferrywoman last year, was also nominated for a Pride of Britain award in recognition of the Dog on Tour challenge.

Visit dogontour.co.uk for more and to make a donation.

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