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Surrey father 'sore' after unicycle trek to Devon

Neil Hannay on unicycle
Neil Hannay said there were no "spectacular splats" en route

A Surrey father-of-two has admitted he is "quite sore" after completing a four-day unicycle ride for charity.

Neil Hannay, a chemical engineer from Hindhead, travelled 200 miles (322km)from Surrey to Brixham, Devon, on one-wheel.

The 41-year-old is aiming to raise £30,000 for the RNLI and Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.

After completing the trip, he said: "I came off a a couple of times but there were no spectacular splats."

Mr Hanny bought the unicycle 15 years ago, but the furthest he had been on it was a mile.

Wellwishers turned out en route to cheer Mr Hannay as he completed the challenge on Easter Monday, travelling along country lanes and coastal paths.

'Sheer madness'

He said he decided to raise money for Marie Curie in memory of his father who died in 2008 and the RNLI because his uncle drowned at sea in the 1920s.

He said: "I was quite sore and I took more painkillers than recommended.

"No one tried to run me off the road, even though they had to queue behind me for hours when I was going uphill."

Robin Martin, of the RNLI, said: "I can't decide whether it's sheer madness or genius, but either way I am very impressed with Neil's commitment and stamina."

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