Coastal ride for charity

While thousands of holiday makers enjoyed their weekend relaxing on the Norfolk coast, primary school teaching assistant Robert Jackman had something a little more arduous on his mind.

While thousands of holiday makers enjoyed their weekend relaxing on the Norfolk coast, primary school teaching assistant Robert Jackman had something a little more arduous on his mind.

The 31-year-old spent more than 14 hours cycling the entire length of the county's coastline for charity on Sunday.

His 115-mile journey started out at Bunkers Hill on the Norfolk Suffolk border and ended at 7pm at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, passing through Cromer, Wells, Hunstanton and everywhere in between.

The Norwich City fan was raising cash for the Willow Foundation, a charity that provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40-year-olds.


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Mr Jackman, who works at Litcham Primary School and lives at Whissonsett said it was reading former Arsenal goal-keeper Bob Wilson's biography that inspired this challenge.

Mr Wilson and his wife Megs set up the foundation after their daughter Anna died of cancer aged 31.

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'I read Bob Wilson's book, due to me being a huge football fan, and was really moved by the chapters he wrote about his amazing daughter,' said Mr Jackman.

'This led me to want to help the Willow Foundation by raising money.'

Health problems he went through last year prompted him into action.

'I have never done a challenge like this. In 2001 I cycled for seven days from Norfolk to Cornwall and in 2002 I completed a 13 day challenge from Norfolk to the Peak District.'

His wife, Nita, 35, daughter Emily, eight, sister, Emma, brother, Chris, and father, Dick, provided support and supplies en-route.

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