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Broadcaster prepares for Land’s End to John O’Groats fundraiser

Mark Pougatch is cycling from Lands End to John O' Groats. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140513-121443009

Mark Pougatch is cycling from Lands End to John O' Groats. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140513-121443009

Sports presenter Mark Pougatch is aiming to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats over a period of ten days to raise money for charity.

The popular voice on BBC Radio Five Live will set off on the 1,000-mile journey on Thursday to raise money for Young Epilepsy.

His school friend Caroline Griffiths suffered from the condition but sadly died aged 18 in 1986.

Mr Pougatch, who lives in Sibford Gower and who will cycle with four friends, said: “All of us are doing the cycle ride for different reasons, but if by doing this event I can raise some awareness for this charity that would be great.

“This is certainly not a race, but a really good challenge.”

The 46-year-old hopes to arrive at John O’Groats by May 24, but will be taking one day off during the ride to present BBC Radio Five Live’s coverage of Saturday’s FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium.

Mr Pougatch said: “Caroline was a fanatical Arsenal fan, so it would be lovely for her family if they can win the cup on the day.”

For more, see this week’s Banbury Guardian, on sale Thursday.

To find out more, or to donate, visit Landjog.tumblr.com or www.justgiving.com/Mark-Pougatch

 

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