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30 September 2013

Epic 5 Day 'Ride of Britain' Cycle Finishes in London

Our 36 strong team of cyclists made a triumphant entrance to Wellington Barracks as the completed their challenge.

Epic 5 Day 'Ride of Britain' Cycle Finishes in London

A 36 strong team, made up of civilians, serving and ex-serving personnel, yesterday made a triumphant entrance to Wellington Barracks as they completed the last day of their ‘Ride of Britain’ fundraising challenge.

Welcomed by cheering family, friends and members of the 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards, the team had cycled over 500 miles from Edinburgh to London in just five gruelling days to raise money for SSAFA and the Armed Forces community.

Now in its third year, each team member for the Ride of Britain pledged to raise over £1,300, with all money raised helping the charity to continue its vital work. Initial calculations estimate that £56,800 has been raised in aid of SSAFA from this year’s Ride of Britain, with further donations still expected.

General Officer Commanding Headquarters London District, Major-General Edward Smyth-Osbourne CBE, who witnessed the riders cross the finish line, praised the efforts of the team. “It was tremendous to be here today to see the riders complete both a personal and physical challenge for our service men, women and their families and I have great pleasure in congratulating them all for such an inspriational achievement.”

“The ethos of SSAFA’s history is shared by our forces and their families and we enjoy inextricable links. The importance of fundraising for SSAFA is important today as it has always been.”

The epic cycle ride followed the Tour de France 2014 British route, through the rugged fells of Cumbria to one of Britain’s best loved national parks, the Yorkshire Dales, into the UK’s industrial heartland of Derbyshire and the quaint villages of Cambridgeshire. On the final day, the cyclists pedalled their way through the buzzing atmosphere of London, before finishing their gallant ride at the iconic Wellington Barracks.

Stephen King, SSAFA Regional Fundraising Manager who is part of the support party said, “The last five days have been really tough and have pushed the participants to the limits of physical endurance. But the team members have all worked really hard and remained strong in spirit throughout, knowing that their fundraising efforts will ensure SSAFA can carry on supporting our Forces and their families.”

This year’s ride was supported by Fujitsu Defence and National Security. The company had a team of eight cyclists taking part in the ride, collectively aiming to raise over £10,000.

Find out more about the Ride of Britain.