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Bruised and bumped, Newbury man completes 600-mile charity ride



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Tom Buckingham, aged 42, from Valley Road, set off on Saturday, June 2, from Odcombe in Somerset and made his way along towpaths and canals of England all the way up to Glasgow.
After being battered by heavy rain for several days, he got to Hartlepool and was clobbered by something rather more forceful - a car.
“A man pulled out of the retail park without looking and smashed straight into me,” he said.
“I ended up in the centre of the dual carriageway facing in the wrong direction with a bus on one side and a car the other. I jumped up so quickly and put my arms in the air. They stopped and I retrieved my bike from the centre of the road. No real harm done but ambulance was called and I had to give police statement.
“All I could think of was the time I was wasting and had to make up, I had already had 2 punctures that day.
Mr Buckingham cycled about 680 miles in total and is now asking members of the public to help him breach the £1,000 barrier he fell just short of.
His employer, Universal Network, is match funding his feat, which is in aid of Railway Children, a children’s charity which helps youngsters in the UK and abroad.
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