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Man completes 300 mile cycle ride...on a penny farthing!

PUBLISHED: 09:56 04 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:16 12 July 2019

Peter Berry and his cycling team about to set off on day one of the penny farthing bike challenge Picture: IAN COOK PHOTOGRAPHY

Peter Berry and his cycling team about to set off on day one of the penny farthing bike challenge Picture: IAN COOK PHOTOGRAPHY

Picture: IAN COOK PHOTOGRAPHY

Cycling 300 miles over six days is tough enough in itself - but one man made it harder still by completing the gruelling journey on an old-fashioned penny farthing.

Supporters in Friston gathered to welcome Mr Berry back from his bike challenge Picture: GEMMA JARVISSupporters in Friston gathered to welcome Mr Berry back from his bike challenge Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

The odd-shaped bike, which dates back to the late 1800s, is not known for its comfort, practicality or speed.

After completing a successful cycling challenge last year for the same cause, Mr Berry decided to "up his game" by attempting another one, this time on a penny farthing.

But nevertheless Peter Berry managed to travel across Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and parts of Essex on the machine, despite its odd design of one wheel much larger than the other - and only fell off once.

The 54-year-old took on the challenge after being diagnosed with early-onset dementia - and was met with loud cheers and applause from his family and friends when he crossed the finish line in his hometown of Friston.

The bunting went up for Mr Berry in his hometown of Friston Picture: GEMMA JARVISThe bunting went up for Mr Berry in his hometown of Friston Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

The ride has already raised more than £10,000 for charity.

"I am overwhelmed at the support we have received, even out on the roads," said Mr Berry.

"People were beeping and waving and even stopped in their cars to hand us money for the charity. It's been brilliant."

Peter Berry and friends cross the finish line Picture: IAN COOK PHOTOGRAPHYPeter Berry and friends cross the finish line Picture: IAN COOK PHOTOGRAPHY

He went on to say: "People were really generous and it's clear that this is an issue which touches so many people.

"Cycling is a passion for me and so to be able to make a difference and to raise money by doing something I love is a real privilege for me."

Asked if the cycle ride went smoothly, training partner Deb Bunt said: "Only two dodgy punctures and one dodgy chain and that was it - both from me!

"Peter only fell off once, a stone got caught in his spokes but that was all. It's been great, it really has."

Mr Berry goes for a well deserved pint at his local pub The Friston Chequers Picture: GEMMA JARVISMr Berry goes for a well deserved pint at his local pub The Friston Chequers Picture: GEMMA JARVIS

As Mr Berry arrived at The Friston Chequers, his local pub, he said: "I think I deserve a pint now...or two!"

To read more about Mr Berry's quest, visit www.facebook.com/Peter-Berry-Living-with-Alzheimers

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