December 12 2013 Latest news:
William Reddaway and Strider arrive at Norwich Cathedral during their 2,000 mile endurance ride 'Ride Round England' for charity. William is met by the Sheriff of Norwich, Graeme Creelman, left, and Canon Richard Capper, right. Picture: Denise Bradley
Friday, August 23, 2013
An unlikely fundraising duo trotted through Cathedral Close yesterday as a journey to all four corners of England reached Norwich.
William Reddaway and his horse Strider were guests at the cathedral as they began the second half of their mission to visit 30 cathedrals on a 2,500-mile, seven-month odyssey.
On their adventure, starting and finishing at their Cheltenham home, they hope to raise £250,000 for two charities which help disadvantaged families and youngsters.
They have so far covered 1,300 miles, though a saddle sore has meant that Mr Reddaway, 65, has had to walk and lead Strider for the last 800 miles.
The pair were greeted at Norwich Cathedral yesterday by a welcome party including the Sheriff of Norwich, Graham Creelman, and Canon Richard Capper.
Mr Reddaway, a retired education manager, said he had been planning the challenge for seven years, and bought 13-year-old Strider last February as his partner for the ride.
“I knew I wanted to do a circular route so we start and finish at the stable he’s in, and I wanted to go through towns, because that’s where the people are.
“It’s an extremely tough physical challenge just to do it. I’m 65, so I’m not running around as a 35-year-old, fit as a fiddle,” he said.
“We know each other pretty well by now, I must say – all our strengths and weaknesses.
“We’ve been staying at equestrian centres and B&Bs across the country, where we’ve come across endless people who have been incredibly kind.”
The money will go to the Family Holiday Association, which pays for holidays for disadvantaged families, and Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre, which helps disabled and underprivileged children to learn to ride.
Mr Reddaway last night stayed at Whiterails Livery Yard in Great Melton, and will set off for Bury St Edmunds on Monday.
Rob Richardson, partner in the business which owns the yard, said: “It’s unfortunate that the horse is a bit out of sorts, but if William achieves his goal of a quarter-million for two worthy charities then it’s a remarkable feat.”