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November 24th 2015

Cycling over 870 miles for charity

A Royal Marines Reservist has raised over £5,000 for a military charity after cycling more than 870 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Marine Recruit Toby Webb, aged 21, who is studying at Loughborough University, has been training six months for the challenge, which he completed with a friend in just six-and-a-half-days.

Toby serves as a Reservist with the Nottingham Detachment of the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) alongside studying for a degree in Engineering Management and told of how he used the challenge to get back into training after an injury forced him to take a break.

Toby said: “After breaking my ankle last year, I had to take a year out from my RMR training and took up cycling with a friend as a way of regaining my physical strength. We rode the distance in aid of the charity Help for Heroes and I am proud of our achievement, particularly as this time last year I had barely ridden a bike before.

“I am now hoping to return to training this month, and am thankful for the support from my fellow Marine Reservists who gave us advice on endurance, motivation, and how to carry large amounts of kit, as we were doing the challenge completely unsupported, carrying everything ourselves.”

Toby continued: “I was thankful to have had cold weather training as part of the RMR as we encountered 50-miles-per-hour gusts of wind, heavy rain and hail during the cycle. There were some difficult moments during the ride but my friend and I spurred each other on, which helped us to reach the finish line.”

Toby said he originally became a Reservist after a tutor at school inspired him with his own experience of being a Royal Marine.

He said: “The moment I got involved with the RMR I knew that the environment was for me, the camaraderie between colleagues is unlike anywhere.”

To find out more about the RMR, visit: www.royalnavy.mod.uk/rmr

 

“After breaking my ankle last year, I had to take a year out from my RMR training and took up cycling with a friend as a way of regaining my physical strength."