VOLUNTEERS from RAF Coningsby are currently half way through cycling 600 miles from their home base to a French Air Force Base at Saint-Dizier.
A team of 11 RAF pilots and engineers from 29(R) Squadron are riding for 100 miles a day to raise money for two charities: Cancer Research UK and Alzheimers Research.
The two air bases have a relationship as RAF Coningsby is home of the Typhoon and Saint-Dizier is the base for the Rafale aircraft.
The route selected for the journey reflects the history of 29(R) Sqn throughout both World Wars.
If the cycling wasn’t enough, during the cross-channel trip they swapped bicycles for Concept 2000 rowing machines as they attempted to beat their ferry across the English Channel to Calais.
Many members of the team only took up cycling within the last year, with the majority not having ridden 100 miles in a day before, let alone 600 miles in six days.
However, the team have trained tirelessly this summer and, if they complete the challenge, the riders will have cumulatively cycled the equivalent of the circumference of the Earth since March.
Wing Commander Graham Pemberton, one of the riders and also Office Commanding 29(R) Squadron, said: “This arduous challenge provides a great opportunity to get some of the Sqn away to test our physical and mental robustness, develop our leadership and ethos, and celebrate our heritage.
“Forging links at the end of the ride with the French Air Force will also help build relationships for the future.”
The team’s progress can be followed via their website: www.600in6.co.uk.
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