This year has been another memorable one and it just leaves me the chance to revisit the events I’ve had the good fortune to participate in during the last 12 months and provide a little insight into my plans for 2018.
I’ve been involved in two Help for Heroes related activities this year…
In May, I persuaded Paul and Ken from Willingham Wheels to join three great friends of mine as they passed through Cambridgeshire on their John O’Groats to Lands End challenge. Cycle 2 Recovery saw Steve, Brian and Lee (on a hand-bike) ride more than 1300 miles (the wrong way!) visiting Help for Heroes Recovery Centres in Edinburgh, Catterick, Colchester, Tidworth and Plymouth on their journey. It was great to be able to share just a small part of their journey with them and escort them safely through the County!
In July I headed down to Kent to spend a fantastic 3 days circling the county! The Goathams Great Kent Cycle Ride was another one of Steve’s ideas and it was great to be a part of it. Heading off from Hoo, we went all around (mainly up and down) the country lanes of Kent covering 215 miles and making great friends along the way. I was honoured to be able to give a short talk and lay a wreath in memory of Pilot Officer Peter Mildren at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne. It was certainly my highlight of the weekend.
Thanks for sticking with the blog. I look back fondly at all the adventures I’ve been on and shared with you here since my Help for Heroes journey began in 2009. There are some great memories on this site and hopefully more to come…
In May 2018, I hope to be joining Steve again on a special ride he is organising. The ‘Sappers and the Great War Bike Ride’ will start in Mons, Belgium and visit Ypres, Arras, St Omer, head back to Dover and finish at Chatham. On the way there will be an opportunity to visit the Menin Gate (those of you that have followed my blog know that to hear Last Post played there has been on my ‘bucket-list’ for many years). We’ll also be riding close to Athies which is the final resting place of one of my Great Uncles who lost his life in June 1917. I hope to make a quick detour to visit the cemetery and pay my respects.
They’ll be approximately 20 of us taking part including Regular, Reserve, veteran and wounded members of the Corps of Royal Engineers as well as some invited guests (thankfully!) and I’ll be fundraising again for Help for Heroes. Watch this space for further details of the ride and how you might be able to support us.
Finally I’d like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2018. I’ll see you on the other side!