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Help for Heroes bike ride

More than 1,300 cyclists took to the streets of central London today in aid of Armed Forces charity Help for Heroes. They were led by over 100 wounded servicemen, women and veterans.

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Help for Heroes cycling event set to raise £1 million

Today's Hero Ride cycling event in central London is expected to raise around £1 million for the armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

The cyclists ride down The Mall in central London. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Singer James Blunt was among those who took part in the challenge, while road cyclist Mark Cavendish and his model fiancee Peta Todd gave their support to the participants as they completed their rides.

Singer James Blunt (centre) takes part in the Hero Ride, in aid of the armed forces charity Help for Heroes. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Blunt, who was an officer in the Life Guards and served in Kosovo before his music career, said: "For me the most inspiring thing was seeing at the very front of the peloton a group of our wounded soldiers.

Cyclists take part in the Hero Ride in central London. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

"Rather than me with my two arms and two legs on my bicycle, some of them are missing one or two or three limbs, and still they've been the fastest and the fittest and the guys with the biggest smiles on their faces".

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