Soldiers Cycle Round the Clock for Charity


A team of Wattisham-based soldiers rode for 24 hours to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The six-strong chain gang from 3 Regiment Army Air Corps (3 Regt AAC) rode an exercise bike outside Tesco Extra in Ipswich from noon on Friday 24th February to noon on Saturday 25th February.

The endurance challenge was part of a fundraising effort that also saw three of the soldiers swap two wheels for two legs to run the Barcelona Marathon on Sunday 25th March.

The runners and riders were Sergeant Gregg Allen, Corporal Trevor Bygate and Lance Corporal Natalie Toby.

The cycling went much better than expected. Cpl Bygate said: ‘The whole event went really well. The team worked very hard to complete the cycle, raising a total of £3,000 and cycling a total distance of 705 miles for the two bikes over the 24 hours. The public were very supportive throughout and Tesco’s support was great.’

Sgt Allen said: ‘It is a good cause and having been to Afghanistan and worked at Camp Bastion we only get to see the Apache at the start and end of its mission. The work the guys do out on the ground is far more dangerous and it’s important that those who get injured are supported.’

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