A team of Plymouth-based sailors have completed their gruelling charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groates.
The team of ten-strong riders from Flag Officer Sea Training based at Devonport Naval Base pedalled a mighty 919 miles in total and have raised over £1,000 for Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), with donations still coming in.
The challenge was completed over 10 days at an average speed of 15 mph. The team stayed at fire stations, Army Reserve centres and Royal Naval establishments during the ride, sleeping on camp beds and sleeping bags in true military style.
The first seven days saw the team enjoy glorious weather, changing in Scottish Highlands to wind and rain all the way to Fort William.
After ten days of riding they finally made an emotional descent into John O’Groats. Team leader, Lieutenant Rachel Abbey, said: “The sense of pride in completing this challenge is fantastic, we are really pleased that we have been able to promote the Royal Navy and through our support for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity do some good for those facing much greater challenges in their everyday life.”
The team were overwhelmed and heartened by the positive reaction and support from the general public throughout the ride
The challenge was a great way for them to bond as a team and raise money for RNRMC who support dependants, including children and bereaved families.
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From L-R: Warrant Officer Craig Trimnell, Able Seaman ‘Ali’ Harper (Soigneur), Warrant Officer ‘Hattie’ Jacques, Lt Mark Stevens (Soigneur), Lt Cdr Bill Booth, WO1 Ian Scholes, Lt Rachel Abbey, PO ‘Olly’ Oliver, WO1 ‘Jimmy’ Jewell, Lt Cdr Gary McCormack, CPO Dean Carlin, Lt Gregory McFarlane, LH Glenn Morely (Soigneur)