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Great British bike ride raises pounds 10K; MOTORCYCLIST'S 2,500-MILE TREK FOR CHARITY.

Byline: HELEN RAE

ADVENTUROUS motorbike rider Michael Ingledew travelled 2,500 miles around Britain to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance.

The 50-year-old, of Fenham, Newcastle, successfully biked to the four corners of Britain on his Harley Davidson Street Glide in the hope of raising pounds 10,000 for the worthwhile cause.

His trip criss-crossed England and Scotland in just three-and-a-half days.

The dad-of-three travelled to John O'Groats in Scotland, St Davids in Wales, Land's End in Cornwall, and Lowestoft in Suffolk, before finally heading back to the North East on Sunday.

Speaking about his epic journey, the East Coast train manager said: "The challenge was easier than I'd expected, but the weather was awful as it rained the whole journey.

"It was a brilliant experience and I feel it's a great achievement. I always knew I'd finish the ride and I'm delighted to do it for the Great North Air Ambulance.

"I chose this organisation because they rely entirely on donations and I know firsthand what a worthwhile and excellent job they do. Motorcyclists who are involved in accidents often need the help of the air ambulance because they're in isolated locations and have to get to hospital quickly. "I know motorbike riders who have needed to use the service and we all appreciate how skilled they are. I just want to raise as much money as I can for them."

Michael, who is married to Barbara, 55, a nursery officer, and has children Lisa, 27, Stephen, 25, and David, 23, said friends and relatives had been very supportive of his travels and he rode safely in accordance with the Iron Butt Association UK guidelines for safe long distance riding.

His daughter, Lisa, said: "I am really proud of my dad and this massive challenge he has undertaken to raise money for such a worthy cause. He's done lots of things in the past to raise money for charities including breast cancer, but I know the Great North Air Ambulance is one which is particularly close to his heart. It's a bit out of the norm to have a dad with a Harley but I think it's cool and really good fun".

It is not the first time Michael, who is secretary of the Geordie Chapter of the Harley Owners Group Worldwide, has taken on an adventurous motorbike challenge. He has ridden from Land's End to John O'Groats for a cancer charity and has ridden to and from France's Millau Viaduct.

To give a donation to Michael for the Great North Air Ambulance logon to www.justgiving.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jun 1, 2010
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