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Pedalling pub owner in epic ride to help hospital that saved his life

10:45 21 May 2014

Aaron Gubb, owner of The a Eagle pub in Great Hockham has set off on a 5 day, 500 mile cycling challenge. He is supported by John Redford.

Aaron Gubb, owner of The a Eagle pub in Great Hockham has set off on a 5 day, 500 mile cycling challenge. He is supported by John Redford.

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A pub owner is looking to pay back the children’s hospital which saved his life with a pedal-powered charity effort spanning three countries.


Aaron Gubb, owner of The Eagle in Great Hockham, is taking on a wince-inducing 500 miles in five days cycling challenge to raise money for three charities, including Great Ormond Street Hospital – which he credits for him being alive today.

The 33-year-old set off at 3pm yesterday to travel from his Norfolk pub across Belgium and France, before circling back for a well-earned pint before 3pm on Sunday.

Local charities, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and the East Anglian Air Ambulance are set to benefit, and Mr Gubb said he had picked Great Ormond Street after the part it had played in his life.

“When I was born I was rushed there from Ipswich because of lung problems.

“I don’t know the full details, but I know it was a major operation and they saved my life.

“Hopefully I can raise as much money as possible to do something for them after what they did for me,” he said.

Like all good ideas, the challenge was dreamt up at the bar, after one of the pub’s regulars laid down the gauntlet.

“A guy who comes into the pub, a local, said we should both do a challenge,” said Mr Gubb.

“I thought it was a good idea and we came up with the bike ride, but then he decided to pull out. I wanted a new challenge though, so I’ve stuck with it and I’m looking forward to it.

“Doing a five day, 500 mile challenge just seemed to make sense – to do it any other way just didn’t seem to work.”

To donate to Mr Gubb’s causes, visit The Eagle’s website at or the pub at Harling Road, Great Hockham, IP24 1NP.

Are you taking a charity challenge we need to hear about? Let us know by emailing reporter Andrew Fitchett on



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