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Durham Big Ride gets underway

Around 1,000 cyclists took part in the Durham Big Ride this morning (Sunday 31 August).

Organiser Ed Tutty told ITV News Tyne Tees: "

What it isn's is a race - that's the main thing about it. It's all about getting out on your bike and having some fun. And a great day in County Durham like today, what can be better than getting out on your bike?"

– Ed Tutty, Durham Big Ride

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Cyclists aim to spread message of peace

Cyclists taking part in the ride4peace Credit: Jamal Akbar

A group of cyclists will arrive in the region later today on the latest leg of a cycling challenge from Glasgow to London.

They are all members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. They started on Saturday and will complete the 600 mile challenge later this week.

The group, which is raising money for the British Heart Foundation, says it wants to spread the message of peace along the journey.

They will pass through Northumberland this morning before arriving in Newcastle later this afternoon.

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