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Former pupil and champion jockey set to complete trek challenge

Former Rendcomb College pupil and champion jockey, Richard Dunwoody MBE, is scheduled to finish an epic 2,000 mile charity trek across Japan a month today.

Richard Dunwoody
Dunwoody riding Minnehoma  to victory in the 1994 Grand National

Richard is raising money for bone and soft tissue cancer charity Sarcoma UK as his nephew George, 21, who represented Great Britain at the Junior World Rowing Championships in 2014, is fighting the disease.

The three-time champion jockey, who rode 1,699 British winners in his career, is 1,400 miles into his walk which he started in February and he has raised £11,931 of a £25,000 target so far.

Richard attended Rendcomb College as a pupil between 1975 and 1981 after his family moved to England from Ireland. He has remained a strong supporter of Rendcomb and he officially opened Rendcomb College Junior School in 2000 (photograph below) and the Junior School House, ‘Dunwoody’ is named after him.

Completing around a marathon per day, he is travelling from south to north, the length of Japan's three largest islands: Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido.

The sportsman, turned adventurer, set out from Cape Sata in the southern tip of Kyushu on February 27 and plans to reach Cape Soya by June 10 at the latest.

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Richard Dunwoody opening Rendcomb College Junior School