250 Mile Cycle Ride

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On Saturday 20th July 2013, a team of suppliers from RAF Marham Logistics Support Squadron set off for the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

This was the start of a two day, 250 mile round trip to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Cpl Daz Culley, came up with the idea as a means of persuading his wife he needed a new road bike! Two thirds into the first day, on some considerable hills, he wondered whether the new bike was really worth the pain!

Apart from one team member CT Pablo Walsingham who is in training for a Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride, the majority of the team had never cycled more than 40 miles before. With a good measure of energy bars, sports drinks and pure determination the team covered the distance.

The route took the team through the Fens to Stamford and Oakham before continuing through Leicestershire and finally into Staffordshire. The cycle ride, which had been planned over the past four months was self supported with a support van being provided free of charge from R&S Van Hire in Narborough.

From the gate guard at RAF Marham to the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum took the team 12 hours. During the weekend there were punctures, broken bikes, and swollen knees. The final sponsorship figure is still to be determined, but the team expects to have raised £1,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

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