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Tricky end to tandem ride

Jenna Boyson and Sam Cheek climb across the finish line Photo: Community Fusion

After cycling from 1o'clock in the morning for more than 9 hours, 2 cyclists say they couldn't believe it when they saw their finish line disappearing before their eyes.

Jenna Boyson and Sam Cheek from Portsmouth had taken part in the British Heart Foundation night ride from London to Brighton on a tandem bike. Although they set off with the rest of the 4,700 cyclists, after a short trip their brakes seized up forcing them to walk for more than 10 miles.

Once they had managed to get the breaks working the handle bars on the front of the bike broke forcing them to call for emergency back up to get them on their way again.

Determined to finish the team from Community Fusion kept on going and eventually got into Brighton around 11 o'clock. But as they came into the final straight a local scaffolding company started dismantling the finish line.

Ignoring pleas from organisers and fellow competitors the scaffolding company lowered the finish line just as Jenna and Sam appeared. As a video sent to Meridian by one of their supporters shows the girls were determined not to let this stop them from completing the race.

They have raised just over £1,000 for Community Fusion and the British Heart Foundation.