Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sophie's cycle ride: the finale

The Countess of Wessex leads her support team down the Mall at the end of their epic cycle ride
(photo Royal Family Twitter)

Three cheers for that countess. After seven days and 445 miles, Sophie has arrived at Buckingham Palace at the end of her Diamond Challenge cycle ride for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Countess of Wessex can celebrate a big success.

The ride that began on Monday morning outside Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh ended this afternoon on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

The Earl of Wessex had seen his wife off at the start of her Diamond Challenge, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and he was at Buckingham Palace with their two children, Louise and James, to welcome her over the finish line.

They were in illustrious company as Britain's most successful ever Paralympic athlete, Dame Sarah Storey, joined Sophie for the last part of her bike ride, a trip that has taken her through dozens of communities and villages and which ended beneath the famous Buckingham Palace balcony.

This has been a social media success as well with Sophie blogging her way through her ride and regular updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She ended as she'd started, with a special video message thanking all those who had supported her and talking about the Duke of Edinburgh Award - the reason the whole bike ride came about. Hundreds of miles, a bit of cake and plenty of effort later, Sophie has cycled to success. Congratulations to the countess.

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