James takes on Chelsea Show trek

PUBLISHED: 18:23 27 May 2012

James Trevett manager of Sidmouth garden centre joins Alan Murdoch on one of the legs on his epic bike ride to Chelsea. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 4550-20-12TI To Order a copy of this photo visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

James Trevett manager of Sidmouth garden centre joins Alan Murdoch on one of the legs on his epic bike ride to Chelsea. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 4550-20-12TI To Order a copy of this photo visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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The manager of Sidmouth Garden Centre met his “nemesis” on Four Elms Hill as he helped tow a planted wheelbarrow - made by Sidmouth College students - on an epic cycle ride from Devon to Chelsea Flower Show.

James Trevett joined Alan Murdoch, director of Fermoy’s Garden Centre in Newton Abbot - who enlisted the help of gardening enthusiasts across the country to peddle a specially-adapted tandem the 247 miles for charity.

James was almost defeated by the hilly leg from the Devon County Show to Sidmouth.

He said: “It hurt. I almost passed out at nine miles and I apologise for holding up the traffic.

“There was a lot of support keeping us going, and it was all for a good cause.”

Alan said James was a good cycling companion and “gave his all”.

“However he really met his nemesis on Four Elms Hill. We had to get the oxygen out for him,” he joked.

The total journey, which culminated at Chelsea on Monday, raised more than £10,000 for charities that promote gardening as therapy, including Green Fingers and Gardening Leave.

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