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PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:43 25 August 2010

ON THE ROAD: Charles Whitfield meets some locals in India.

ON THE ROAD: Charles Whitfield meets some locals in India.

A UNIVERSITY student swapped zoological studies for wacky racing during a 3,000 miles race around India.

A UNIVERSITY student swapped zoological studies for wacky racing during a 3,000 miles race around India.

University of Greenwich student Charles Whitfield, 28, from Staffordshire, spent two weeks riding a tuk-tuk style rickshaw around India to compete in a Gumball Rally styled road race.

With his mother Susan and uncle Mark Cunningham-Hill forming a team, the PhD student finished sixth out of 50 teams after 14 days driving culminated on April 24.

Mr Whitfield, who lives in Medway, said: "We crossed the finish line filthy, exhausted, but in one piece. It was a great adventure. I've used up all my annual leave now, but it allowed me to see India in a very close and personal way."

The Natural Resources Institute student, who normally studies the behaviour of butterflies, raised more than £11,000 for charity with his family team, The Blazing Chillies.

Most teams finished in around three weeks, with the winners finishing in seven days.

Having beaten their fundraising target of £10,000, the team and will give their donations to Frank Water Projects and SOS Children. For more information visit www.nri.org.

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