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■ WO ANDY Rainey’s self-
designed pin badges have gone
on sale for the Royal Naval
Benevolent Trust, and within
three weeks garnered more than
£500 for the Naval charity.
The money will go to support
Pembroke House, the RNBT’s
residential and nursing home.
The warrant officer from HMS
Raleigh, who will soon become
the Command Warrant Officer to
the Second Sea Lord, presented
the money to the charity at their
annual general meeting at HMS
■ THE Waterfront Logistics
Support group in Portsmouth
naval base, inspired by LLogs
Claire Sheasby, came over all
pink to raise money for Breast
Cancer Awareness.
Office manager POLogs(SC)
Nicola Wilson said: “We
thought let’s have a day out of
● Saddles are a very serious business...
uniform, get a bit dressed up
in pink, and do our bit. Nice to
Sore saddle
see the guys in pink too.
“Our organisation plays
a big part in the accounting
of the minor war vessels in
Portsmouth, and with lots of
visitors each day we have a
donation box at the reception
leads to
■ A BRITISH Summer Fete
offering fi sh and chips, Cornish
pasties and English ales was
an unusual sight in Belgium,
and the UKSU SHAPE event
raised over £4,500 for military
charities RN Benevolent Fund,
RAF Benevolent Fund, the Army
● LWEA John ‘Wiggy’ Bennett after the Jungle Marathon
Benevolent Fund and the local
Deep in
murder plot
orphanage in Mons.
Capt Tom McBarnett of
the RNBF said: “With our
operational tempo nowadays
I think we are all beholden to
support our service charities,
the jungle
and the SHAPE staff have
done a tremendous amount of
SERIAL cyclist that he is, Capt Tim Gray
ready to cross the Mendip Hills later in the day.
fundraising through the year.”
RM has coerced another bunch of will-
“A brief lunch was enjoyed in Glastonbury, but the
ing colleagues on to their bicycles to raise
horror of the Wells TV-mast hill had loomed in the
■ CAR enthusiasts John and
SUBMARINER LWEA John and provisions, and setting up
£2,700 for charities Seafarers UK, the RAF
distance for 20 miles and we knew that the climb up
Karen Brown completed the
‘Wiggy’ Bennett was the fi rst Brit their own hammock campsites
Benevolent Fund and Grantham-based Gift
was going to be hideous.”
Cannonball 8000 car rally from
across the fi nishing line in the Bra- along the shores of the Tapajos
After a night at Colerne Barracks, the cyclists were
zilian Jungle Marathon. River.
London to Zagreb, raising £700
too busy with aching limbs and saddle sores to cel-
for the Royal Marines Museum
Finishing in provisional eighth Wiggy said: “Being in the jun-
Now based at the Defence Elementary Flying
ebrate the halfway point.
in Southsea.
place overall, the Raleigh-based gle was living a childhood dream,
Training School near RAF Cranwell, the Royal Marine
“Day three started with very few people able
The driving duo specially
submariner completed the 200km but while I was there I learnt
persuaded a mixture of RM, RN, RAF and civilians
to sit in their saddles for the first five miles. Our
garbed their Porsche in a
foot-race in roughly 51 hours, a lot about myself, and in par-
that cycling the 425 miles from RNAS Culdrose in
bruised backsides and even stiffer legs were making
suitably military theme for the
raising money for the Arthritis ticular how much pain, exhaustion
Cornwall back to Cranwell in Lincolnshire was a
their mark as the group tottered off with two riders,
weekend’s racing.
Research Campaign. and tiredness I could put myself
good idea.
including myself, knocking back the painkillers,” said
Wiggy ran along existing through.
Although some of the nine were seasoned veterans
paths, trails and tracks through “Coming face to face with a jag-
of the cycling habit, there were a few novices who
“Knees and tendons had started to grumble at
Meechan ran a practical session
the Brazilian rainforest, cross- uar in the middle of the night-stage
were yet to be inducted into the weariness of the
being used for six hours plus a day, something that
in fi rst aid at the Families Centre
ing streams and rivers along his was certainly an experience.”
long-distance cyclist.
rarely happens in the flying world!”
in Helensburgh’s Churchill
route. The submariner has now been
The route was planned by Flt Lt Dan Bayliss who,
The cyclists spent their final night on the road at
Run in six stages, during the bitten by the extreme racing bug
according to Capt Ross Drinkwater RM, “did an
RAF Cosford, before the final morning dawned.
Mums from the Chill Out
day and overnight, each of the with further big challenges ahead.
impressive job by joining the dots between every hill
“With the end in sight, a number of cyclists in the
Group were taught basic
marathon runners had to be self- Sponsor Wiggy online at www.
en route for us to enjoy throughout the week.”
group looked like hopping frogs due to unsightly sad-
resuscitation by the medical
sufficient, carrying their own food
Ross said: “We gathered in front of RNAS Culdrose dle sores,” said Ross.
on the Monday in fine spirits, sporting an array of “I personally spent most of the morning plot-
He said: “All the mums have
spandex, energy drinks and ultra-light wallet-busting ting the death of the man in the bike shop who had
been great. They really throw
bicycles. assured me that the narrowest saddle with no cush-
themselves into it and are quick
“However, not convinced by such gimmickry, Flt ioning was the best for long distance riding.
to learn.
Lt ‘Charlie’ Brown opted to ride a penny-farthing “Nonsense.”
“Obviously you hope you never
NEED initial FREE
era contraption. Although the wicker basket had The Royal Marine admitted a certain sense of
have to use these skills for real,
been removed, it seemed to fall apart at speeds over relief on arrival at their RAF Cranwell destination on
but at least if the situation did
25mph.” time and without accident.
arise, they’d know what to do.”LEGAL ADVICE?
The first day’s enjoyable cycling took the team He concluded: “Looking back I recommend to
Then contact:
through Bodmin Moor to North Devon, with a anyone the benefits of long-distance cycling as a
■ RUNNER Marc Craig
spartan night in the comfort of Fremington Battle social method of burning calories and developing
of Devonport Naval Base
Camp. fitness.
competed in the Great North
Ross continued: “The next day dawned bright and “Coupled with some decent weather, cycling
Run for the fi rst time and raised
sunny – unlike the riders. With slightly stiff legs, we provides an excellent way to enjoy the English
£500 for Marie Curie Cancer
got on our way for our day of ‘fun’ pushing east. countryside...
“Exmoor’s hills were a ‘gentle’ warmer getting us “Just ensure you go for the big saddle.”
■ A NEW care home is being
built in Solihull by the Royal
A Nationwide network of highly experienced Independent Solicitors
Twenty-four three
Star and Garter, whose chairman
Vice Admiral Sir John Dunt and
Who advise and represent Service Personnel, Reservists, the vice president Simon Weston
SAILORS from Fareham training
Civil Service and their Families
conducted a ‘topping out’
establishment HMS Collingwood
ceremony to mark the highest
donned their walking boots to
point of the new building.
tackle the Three Peaks Challenge.
The home will extend the
In just 24 hours the 19 sailors
service that it offers to members
scaled the three highest peaks in
of the Forces and their families
0845 601 1260
the UK – Ben Nevis in Scotland,
who are physically disabled or
Scafell Pike in the Lake District
and Mount Snowdon in Wales.
The walk was in aid of the
■ DURING a visit to Falmouth,
Foundation for the Study of
survey ship HMS Echo
Infant Death, in memory of one
presented their twinned charity
for a Local Lawyer who
of the team’s son.
St Margaret’s Hospice in
Lt Nobby Hall said: “Our
Somerset with £790, raised
spirits were high, but by Scafell
principally from a charity pizza SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE
Pike it was four in the morning
night during the ship’s latest
and we were flagging.
deployment organised by PO
“When we climbed Snowdon
Carl Neville.
it was bright sunshine, we were
all exhausted but we remembered
why we were doing it and dug
our feet in.
“We completed the challenge
with nine minutes to spare.” in brief
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