Tuesday, 24 October 2017

RAF men aim to set Thames pedalo record

TWO servicemen from RAF Benson will attempt to set a world record for the fastest team to travel the length of the navigable Thames by pedalo.

TWO servicemen from RAF Benson will attempt to set a world record for the fastest team to travel the length of the navigable Thames by pedalo.

Stephen Roberts and Dave Canavan will be part of a four-man team taking on the 123-mile challenge from September 26 to October 1.

They will be raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

To achieve the record they will have to pedal for more than 12 hours each day and adhere to the strict guidelines set out by Guinness World Records.

They will set off from Lechlade and hopefully finish at Teddington lock six days later.

The pair will be joined by RAF colleagues Wayne Brinkley and Tom Setter. Mr Roberts, 34, an RAF supplier said: “When I was six my father suddenly passed away, aged 33, while serving as a supplier in the RAF.

“My mother was left with two young children and received much-needed support from the benevolent fund.

“This included support with housing and relocation and education costs for both me and my brother.

“This support enabled me to gain the education required to join the RAF myself.

“When Wayne Brinkley suggested the idea of this challenge, and to raise funds and awareness for the fund, I jumped at the chance.

“All four participants are serving RAF logistics personnel with various other commitments at different stations. Making the time for this challenge has often been difficult but ultimately it will be rewarding and worthwhile.

“The part I am looking forward to the most is the satisfaction when we cross the finish line — not only will we be world record holders but we will have the privilege of being able to hand some hard-earned money to the fund.”

The team has been training on the river and has managed up to 10 miles.

“It made us realise how difficult the challenge will be,” said Mr Roberts.

Mr Canavan, who joined the RAF in February 2014, has already raised money for the fund by taking part in the Reading half marathon.

The men hope to raise £20,000. To make a donation, visit http://thamespedalochallenge.co.uk



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