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Two-country cycle for charities

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat in Cambodia was the final destination for the cyclists

Cyclists who rode across Thailand and Cambodia have raised 69,000 for three hospices in Warwickshire.

The trip, in aid of the Myton Hospices in Coventry, Rugby and Warwick, was organised by local businessman John Yarnold and involved 24 cyclists.

They took more than 30 hours to complete the 348 mile (560km) ride, which finished in Angkor Wat.

Mr Yarnold said that torrential rain nearly made the trip impossible but the weather later improved.

He said: "At one point we were concerned that we might not be able to complete the Cambodian leg because of the torrential rain.

"Thankfully though the final 3 days in Cambodia were mercifully dry - but temperatures soared, reaching 107F on the final stretch."

Mr Yarnold, a semi-retired car dealership owner, has previously organised five similar rides for national charities and decided this time to raise money for a local good cause.

Gill Young, from Myton Hospices, said the hospices cost more than 4m to run and although they are funded by the Primary Care Trusts, they still have to find 3m every year.

She said: "It's through the efforts of all those who participated, that we can continue to provide services for the people of Warwickshire and Coventry."

Country profile: Thailand
15 Jul 08 |  Country profiles
Country profile: Cambodia
17 Apr 08 |  Country profiles

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