NOT only did a father and daughter duo from Burbage complete a 125-mile charity cycle ride in double quick time but they also smashed their fundraising target to raise £2,500 as well.

Together James and Olivia Austen, 9, of Manor Gardens, pedalled their way along towpaths from the Devizes Wharf to Westminster to double their £1,250 target in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

And when the pair finished their ride at Parliament Square, friends and family were there to greet them and shower them with champagne.

"It was really good fun, particularly coming into London on a bike, when usually we go up by train or car. It was really good fun finishing and being sprayed with champagne," said the St Francis Primary School pupil.

"I found the first day quite tough going, but I was really inspired by all the competitors in the canoe race and the support along the route. The route into London is less familiar, so I was quite distracted with all the sights around us.

"We are so pleased at how much we have raised. We had hoped to raise £1,250.00 which would've been fantastic, but we are at £2,500.00 with donations still coming in. Everyone, family, friends and members of the public, have all been so generous."

The two of them set out on Good Friday from the wharf, stopped off at Mr Austen's parents in Henley that night and then finished on the afternoon of Easter Saturday.

"I am so proud of Olivia. She put in a fantastic effort and to have raised this amount is brilliant," he said.

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