A HAMPSHIRE policeman has completed a 936-mile cycle challenge, with only ten days training.

Paul Owen, 42, from Gundleton near Alresford, stepped up at the last minute to take on the Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride, when another team member pulled out. Travelling from the furthest south west point of Great Britain to the extreme north east, Paul battled gale-force winds and driving rain to reach the finish line.

Paul has already raised £1,100 for the Army Benevolent Fund and the rest of the team, who are all soldiers in 145 Brigade, has a fundraising target of £10,000.