Red Arrows widow completes 400-mile charity ride

The widow of Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging has completed a 400-mile coast-to-coast charity bike ride after taking her husband's place.

Flt Lt Jon Egging, from Rutland, had been planning to take part in the four-day ride to raise money for charity.

His widow Dr Emma Egging rode with 19 other cyclists from Pembrokeshire to Suffolk in his memory.

She helped raise more than £70,000 for three charities - the RAF Wings Appeal, Fly2help and The Jon Egging Trust.

Other cyclists on the challenge included Flt Lt Egging's colleagues and friends from the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

She said she was "a little bit sad" to finish.

"Just being with the team for the four days has been really nice," Dr Egging said.

Flt Lt Egging, 33, who was originally from Southam, in Warwickshire, died when his Hawk T1 aircraft crashed into a field at the village of Throop, near Bournemouth Airport, on 20 August.

Dr Egging set up the Jon Eggings Trust in his memory.

It aims to inspire disadvantaged young people to achieve their goals, something she said her husband was passionate about.

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