James Ashworth cyclists return after 610-mile challenge

Cyclists return to Corby after a 610-mile ride from Edinburgh to London in memory of hero soldier Lance Corporal James Ashworth
Cyclists return to Corby after a 610-mile ride from Edinburgh to London in memory of hero soldier Lance Corporal James Ashworth
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A team of 20, made up of friends and family members of hero soldier James Ashworth, returned to Corby on Sunday (April 28) after a 610-mile charity cycle ride in his memory.

They cycled from Edinburgh to Wellington Barracks in London and have raised at least £12,000 for Help for Heroes and Blesma, the British Limbless Ex-servicemen’s Association.

The cyclists included Lance Corporal Ashworth’s father Duane, brothers Karl and Coran and cousin Danny Martin.

They were welcomed back to the Cube in Corby to cheers and applause from more than 100 well-wishers.

Jermaine Jones, of Corby Old Village, James’ friend and organiser of the bike ride, said: “There were a few crashes along the way, but overall everything went to plan.”

L/Cpl Ashworth, 23, a former pupil of Lodge Park Academy, Corby, was killed as he stormed an insurgent position in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand in June last year. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military honour for bravery.