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Injury does not stop Jack’s bid for biking glory

BIKING BRILLIANCE: Jack Wright completed a 100-mile charity cycle.

BIKING BRILLIANCE: Jack Wright completed a 100-mile charity cycle.

A Glemsford teenager has expressed his delight after completing a mammoth bike ride for charity despite suffering a late leg injury.

Jack Wright, 16, set himself the challenge of completing a 100-mile bike ride, while raising money for Help for Heroes in the process.

Starting from Glemsford, Jack managed to take in the Suffolk sights of Sudbury, Monks Eleigh, Bures, Long Melford and Clare within nine hours.

But with just 10 miles to go, he pulled a muscle in his leg, making for a tough end to an incredible journey.

Luckily for Jack, his friend Tom Wolford joined him for the final 20 miles.

“That helped me quite a lot,” said Jack.

His father, Steve, added: “Tom just being there lifted Jack’s spirits.”

Unsurprisingly, Jack, who lives in Angel Lane, Glemsford, said the best part of the day was the finish.

“I was just happy I had achieved something,” he said. “I know people who have done things for Help for Heroes and I thought I’d give it a go.”

Support for Jack also came from Stour Valley Community School, which he attends.

Teacher Stuart Fairbairn rode alongside Jack for much of the challenge, while Kate Terry, head of year 11, went to cheer the pair on.

Jack, who did much of his fundraising at school, said his friends had been very supportive of his efforts.

He hopes to have raised £500 and plans to continue raising money for Help for Heroes in the future.

To sponsor him, go to www.bmycharity.com/jackwright.

 

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