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July 21st 2014

GETTING THE WHEELS IN MOTION TO COMPLETE CHARITY CYCLE TO MARK THE CENTENARY OF WWI

Three Army Reservists are set to complete a 350 mile cycling tour across the former battlefields on the Western Front in France and Belgium to raise funds for a military charity.

With the tour only weeks away, Sergeant Daniel Waterfield, aged 29, from Borrowash, Lance Corporal Joshua Carlisle, aged 24, from Duffield and Damien Richmond, aged 27, from Chilwell, have been training hard to ensure they are prepared for this challenge.

Each of the Reservists serve with 350 Field Squadron, 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD), Royal Engineers based at the Army Reserve Centre, Swiney Way, Chilwell in Nottingham.

Daniel Waterfield said: “We have been training as much as we can, fitting cycling around work and our other commitments.

“We are raising money for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF), otherwise known as the Soldiers Charity, a charity that is close to all our hearts.”

Speaking about how they have been preparing for the cycling tour Daniel continued: “Since April the three of us have competed in various events including the Derby 10K, Ramathon, 100mile Cycle Live Nottingham and the Foremarke Triathlon together with our own training in the Peak District in order to enhance our fitness and gain experience on the bikes.”

The Reservists wanted to mark the centenary of the outbreak of Great War so decided that raising vital funds for charity was a positive way to do this.

Daniel continued: “The three of us have wanted to visit the former battlefields for some time and for me personally it will be a reflective time as I had three distant relatives killed during the Great War which makes me realise how fortunate I am to have come back unscathed from my own experiences in Afghanistan.”

The route will start at the Horse Guards in London early on 4 August 2014 before cycling through Kent, crossing the channel and then following the length of the British and Commonwealth section of the Western Front from Nieuwpoort in Belgium and finishing in Compiegne near Paris four days later.

Collectively the Reservists taking part in this challenge have served over 25 years in the Army Reserve. Damien returned from serving in Afghanistan as part of the Royal Engineer works group in the capital Kabul in March this year. Daniel also recently returned from a six month tour of Afghanistan where he was part of the British Provisional Reconstruction team based in Helmand Province.

If you would like to sponsor any of the Reservists taking part in the ride please visit their Just Giving web pages as shown below:

http://www.justgiving.com/Daniel-Waterfield2

http://www.justgiving.com/Josh-Carlisle

http://www.justgiving.com/Damien-Richmond

So far Daniel, Josh and Damien have raised more than £3,000 for the ABF but hope to receive more donations before the cycling tour is complete.

To find out more about the Army Reserve visit: www.army.mod.uk