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Widow of Jon Egging sets off on charity bike ride

Bournemouth Echo: MEMORIAL CHALLENGE: Dr Emma Egging setting off on a charity bike ride. Picture: PA. MEMORIAL CHALLENGE: Dr Emma Egging setting off on a charity bike ride. Picture: PA.

THE widow of the Red Arrows pilot killed during Bournemouth Air Festival has set off on a 400-mile coast-to-coast charity bike ride today.

Dr Emma Egging, 32, joined a team of cyclists from the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Red Arrows for the ride, which her late husband, Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, had been planning to complete.

Flt Lt Egging, 33, from Rutland, was killed when his Hawk T1 aircraft crashed at the end of a display in August.

The cycle challenge began at St David's Head in West Wales and is due to finish in Lowestoft, Suffolk, in four days' time, with the team covering 100 miles each day.

The ride originally aimed to raise money for two charities – the RAF Association Wings Appeal and Fly2help – but money will now also go towards The Jon Egging Trust. The trust, set up by Dr Egging in memory of her late husband, aims to help young people develop life skills.

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11:47am Wed 12 Oct 11

Rockbunnies says...

Dr Egging is an inspiration to us all. I'm not particularly emotional, but her bravery and determination to continue in Jon's name brings a tear to my eye.

Emma - You are a true heroine, just like your husband was a true hero.
Dr Egging is an inspiration to us all. I'm not particularly emotional, but her bravery and determination to continue in Jon's name brings a tear to my eye. Emma - You are a true heroine, just like your husband was a true hero. Rockbunnies
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