Soldiers Set Off On Charity Cycle Ride

Soldiers form Southampton's Territorial Army will be saddling up in preparation for a gruelling 980-mile ride from John O'Groats to Land's End.

Three soldiers from the Royal Logistic Corps; Staff Sergeants Dave Rush, Gareth Davies and Lance Corporal 'Singe' Gordon, have dubbed the challenge Exercise 'Marlin Hero' after the fish that appears on their squadron insignia.

The aim of the ride is to raise money and public awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Southampton General Hospital and Help 4 Heroes. 

As part of their training programme, the lads have spent one day a week in the foyer of the Asda Supermarket in Totton, working out on static bikes in full view of the customers to help raise the profile of the event.

For the ride a special delivery of four-one spare- hybrid bikes are being provided by Brockenhurst based 'Cycle Experience'.

The four-man support team, one of which is a trained medic, will operate in vehicles. One will move ahead of the cyclists each day to set up over-night camp at various sites en-route to Land's End.

The team anticipate arriving at Britain's most south westerly tip on 17th March and will be greeted back to Southampton the following day at a celebratory BBQ evening of live music and fireworks to be held at Totton Sports Club.

This ticketed event (£20) is open to all who wish to support the lads and to book please call 023 80862143 or 023 805151164.