July 13th 2015

Soldiers complete tour de charity

The aching limbs of soldiers from 2 Medical Regiment were soothed by the knowledge that their cycle ride has raised over £9000 for BLESMA.

Last week saw the 20-strong team of medical personnel complete a 546-mile cycle ride through three countries from their current base in Germany to their new Rutland home.

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 its current base at Haig Barracks in Hohne, Germany to St George’s Barracks, North Luffenham.

The Regiment that also has a presence in Derby, Grimsby, and Birmingham returns to the UK having been based in Germany for the past 7 years. The move of the Regiment into North Luffenham in Rutland 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.

Major Stuart Irvine, second in command of the Regiment and a keen cyclist said: “The original route was 430-miles but due to closed roads and the avoidance of roads like dual carriageways it edged to more than 500-miles. We were in the saddle for a total of 38-hours, 13 minutes and 18 seconds and our average speed was 22.77mph.”

The first stage of the ride saw them cycle over 300-miles as they cycled through the German municipalities of Lubbecke and Dulmen onto Arnhem in the Netherlands.

Cycling 2 Medical RegFrom Arnhem they cycled to Rotterdam to catch the ferry to Hull where they were met by soldiers from their Reserve Squadron based in the town.

The longest day for the team was Day 5 that saw them cycle 122.8-miles from Hull to Leicester and the home of 222 Medical Squadron, the Regiment’s second Reserve Squadron.

Major Irvine continued: “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.”

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"We were in the saddle for a total of 38-hours, 13 minutes and 18 seconds and our average speed was 22.77mph.”