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Newmarket: Ex-NFU president Peter Kendall and regional boss Pamela Forbes head off on charity cycling leg

11:59 19 June 2014

Ex-NFU president Peter Kendall, centre, in the yellow top, and Pam Forbes, front, black top, set off from Newmarket on the first leg of the charity bike ride

Ex-NFU president Peter Kendall, centre, in the yellow top, and Pam Forbes, front, black top, set off from Newmarket on the first leg of the charity bike ride

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Farmers swapped tractors for bikes as they joined former National Farmers’ Union (NFU) President Peter Kendall in Suffolk for the latest leg of the Farm Cycle Challenge.

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Thirteen intrepid riders left NFU East Anglia’s regional office in Newmarket today on an 85-mile journey into central London.

The riders, including NFU regional director Pamela Forbes, are all raising money for three UK agricultural charities and Farm Africa.

Pamela said: “It’s at times like this that I’m grateful to be regional director in England’s flattest region! I’m looking forward to cycling on roads the Tour de France will be using in a few weeks’ time – though at a slightly slower pace!”

Peter, and friend and neighbour Richard Whitlock, are on the fourth leg of a 1000-mile tour around all the NFU regional offices in England and Wales. NFU members and group secretaries came along to wish them well before they left Newmarket.

Peter said: “The great thing about this leg is it’s taking place on home turf, with lots of friendly faces. It really makes a difference to see new people on each leg, swapping stories as we go along. It makes the whole thing a lot easier.”

Today’s leg will finish at the Farmers Club in Central London, where Peter said he was looking forward to a couple of cold beers.

“We finish at NFU HQ in Stoneleigh next week and, boy, will I be pleased to see that!” he said.

The Farm Cycle Challenge is raising money for three UK agricultural charities – The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, the Addington Fund and the Farming Community Network – and Farm Africa. Donations can also be made to the Farm Cycle Challenge at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/farmcyclechallenge

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