Ex-sol­dier smashes bike record to get to the chapel on time

Daily Mail - - One Day To Go ... - By David Churchill

A FOR­MER spe­cial forces sol­dier told yes­ter­day how he raced across two con­ti­nents on a push bike in world record time to make it home for the royal wed­ding.

Dean Stott was on day 70 of a gru­elling 14,000-mile, pan-Amer­i­can chal­lenge from Ar­gentina to Alaska when wife Alana, 35, called to say an in­vi­ta­tion had come through the post. It left the 40-year- old, who be­came friends with Prince Harry in the Army in 2007, need­ing to fin­ish the char­ity ride within 32 days to make it back home in time for to­mor­row’s cer­e­mony.

Speak­ing af­ter land­ing at Heathrow yes­ter­day, he said: ‘You couldn’t write it. When I set off I wasn’t aware I was go­ing to the wed­ding. In my head I was like, “I’ve got a bit of time if I want to have a rest on the odd day”, but that was all taken away when my wife rang and said, “we’ve been in­vited to the wed­ding”.’

The ex­tra push helped him fin­ish in less than 100 days – smash­ing the Pan-Amer­i­can High­way World Record by 18 days.

‘It was the pres­sure of fin­ish­ing it in time for the wed­ding,’ he said. ‘My wife would prob­a­bly di­vorce me if I didn’t do it. I was hon­oured to re­ceive the in­vi­tat­tion. Even now I still haven’t re­ally taken it in.’

Mr Stott is hop­ing his ride will raise £1mil­lion for the Heads To­gether campaign launched by Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge in a bid to end the stigma around men­tal health.

Dean Stott: ‘It hasn’t sunk in’

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