Rushden man’s bike ride to raise cash for RBL

Robin Bryant

Robin Bryant

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A former serviceman from Rushden is taking part in a marathon cycle ride to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Robin Bryant, who is the Standard bearer for the Rushden branch of the Royal British Legion, is taking part in the Pedal to Paris event to raise money for the charity’s Poppy Appeal.

The 49-year-old will cycle the 460km from Greenwich in London to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris from Thursday, September 4, to Monday, September 8, alongside 300 other cyclists.

Mr Bryant said: “I have been in training now since February.

“I ride out on my own, but have recently joined a group, the East Midlands Cycling Club, who have definitely helped with the training.

“At the moment I go out four or five times a week with the distance gradually increasing. During the event I will spend six to seven hours in the saddle.

“ The only other cycle event that is allowed to finish at the Arc de Triomphe is the Tour de France.

“I have done other fundraising for the Legion like poppy collecting in shops, on streets and at parades, but nothing to this extreme.”

Mr Bryant served with 25 Field Regiment Royal Artillery 54 Battery and the 3 Royal Horse Artillery C Battery, and bought his first bike about two years ago with money his grandfather left him in his will.

He said: “I just like being out on my bike.”

Mr Bryant added: “So far I have raised £4,000; my target is £5,000-plus.

“I am the Legion’s biggest single fundraiser for cycling events nationally.

“The Legion is extremely grateful for any amount that is donated.

“The money goes to help serving and ex-service men and women and their families.

“This is a big year for the Royal British Legion as it is 100 years since the the FirstWorld War started.”

If anyone wishes to donate they can do so by going to www.justgiving.com/robin-bryant.