Soliders cycle to new home in North Luffenham
The aching limbs of soldiers from 2 Medical Regiment were soothed by the knowledge that their cycle ride has raised more than £9,000 for Blesma.
The 20-strong team of medical personnel completed a 546-mile cycle ride through three countries from their previous base in Germany to their new home at St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham.
The medics, mechanics, clerks and physical training instructors who all serve with 2 Medical Regiment took on the challenge to mark the Regiment’s re-location from Haig Barracks in Hohne, Germany.
The regiment, which also has a presence in Derby, Grimsby, and Birmingham, returns to the UK having been based in Germany for the past seven years. The move will be completed by the end of September.
The gruelling challenge saw the team spend five and a half days in the saddle that saw them burn off 17,293 calories each. The original route was supposed to be 420 miles but after closed roads, it became 500 miles.
The team were in the saddle for a total of 38-hours, 13 minutes and 18 seconds and the average speed was 22.77mph.
Major Stuart Irvine, second in command of the Regiment and a keen cyclist himself, said: “I could not have asked for a better group of people to have done the ride with. There were highs and lows, but ultimately we all completed an amazing feat of endurance.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation to the team can visit www.justgiving.com/teams/2MedCyclists.