Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
17 September 2014

5-day charity cycle sets off in Scotland

Friends, family and members of the Royal Regiment of Scotland waved off the Ride of Britain team as they cycle 500 miles in 5 days to London.


Friends, family and members of the Royal Regiment of Scotland waved off the Ride of Britain team as they cycle 500 miles in 5 days to London.

Friends, family and members of The Royal Regiment of Scotland today waved off an intrepid team of cyclists from historic palace Holyrood House.

The team, including serving and ex-serving personnel, set off on a 500 mile cycle ride from Edinburgh and hope to make it to London in just five gruelling days to raise money for SSAFA. Teams from teams from Fujitsu and BAE Systems are also along for the ride!

Now in its fourth year, each team member for the Ride of Britain has pledged to raise over £1,300 and all money raised will help SSAFA to continue our vital work supporting our Forces and their families.

The exciting route, which is inspired by the 2014 Tour de France British stage, begins at Edinburgh’s Historic Holyrood Palace, travels through Newcastle, Harrogate and Newark-on-Trent before reaching the quaint villages of Cambridgeshire. On the final day, the cyclists will pedal their way through the buzzing atmosphere of London, journeying through the East End, past the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, before finishing their gallant ride at the iconic Tower of London.

Laura Duncan, Event Officer from SSAFA said, “Although everyone has trained really hard, the next five days are going to be tough and will really push us to the limits of physical endurance. But everyone was on very good form this morning and we’re looking forward to getting on our way now!”

This year’s ride is once again kindly supported by Fujitsu Defence and National Security. As well as sponsoring the challenge, their team of 9 cyclists is hoping to raise thousands of pounds through their own fundraising.