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Occold: Richard is finally home after cycling 18,000 miles in 124 days

12:00 23 July 2012

Richard Dunnett talks to the crowd in Occold after he returned home from his 18,000 mile cycle ride

Richard Dunnett talks to the crowd in Occold after he returned home from his 18,000 mile cycle ride

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MORE than 150 people turned out to cheer on a 23-year-old man who cycled around the world in a record attempt for charity.

Richard Dunnett, of Redlingfield Road, Occold near Eye, completed more than 18,000 miles in just 124 days after going through the finish line on Saturday, July 7 in Greenwich.

The village of Occold came out to celebrate Mr Dunnett’s achievement on Saturday with an official welcome event next to The Beaconsfield Arms.

Villagers and supporters joined the former Hartismere High School student, who works as a self-employed electrician, on a victory ride from Eye to Occold.

Once the riders arrived in the village, the festivities could begin with a hog roast and a live band providing a lively atmosphere.

“It was brilliant, a great turnout, a lot more people than we expected. It’s back to reality now, I’m looking for the next thing to do,” Mr Dunnett said.

Mr Dunnett was covering on average about 140 miles a day as he powered through 22 countries to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation.

Mr Dunnett is still counting up all the money he has raised but so far he has made between £1,500 to £2,000.

His record attempt was part of a larger race around the world which involved 10 cyclists. Mr Dunnett failed to break the world record which was set by fellow competitor Mike Hall, who finished in 91 days. Mr Dunnett’s time means he’s third fastest in the world. To donate to Mr Dunnett’s appeal go to www.justgiving.com/onebigpedal

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