Sunday, 19 September 2021

Charity challenge supported by Queen Victoria

TWO men will be using a Henley pub tomorrow (Saturday) to promote a charity endurance event

TWO men will be using a Henley pub tomorrow (Saturday) to promote a charity endurance event.

Stephen Bennett, 35, and Ollie Lewingdon, 34, both from Caversham, are preparing for a 430-mile trip across Britain that includes canoeing, cycling and mountain climbing.

They are raising money for Sue Ryder, which helped look after Mr Bennett?s brother Ian Ritchie-Bennett before he died from bowel cancer last year.

The pair will be at the Queen Victoria pub in Market Place tomorrow to promote their efforts.

Mr Bennett said: ?It is about us getting out there, telling and showing people what we are doing. It?s about getting in the public eye so people are aware of the work they do at Sue Ryder and how we are raising money for them.?

In the morning they will complete a 10-mile row at Caversham Health and Fitness and then cycle to Henley, where they will meet friends and go for a two-hour cycle followed by a four-mile run.

The group will then return to the pub for a rest before the duo cycle home again.

Mr Bennett said: ?The landlord at the Queen Victoria has been very supportive and he has already started collecting in the bar.?

The challenge itself starts with a 60-mile trip by canoe from Fort William down the Caledonian Canal to Inverness where the men will get on bicycles and ride 70 miles to Ben Nevis, where they will climb 1,344m to the summit.

This will be followed by a four-day, 300-mile cycle ride down to the Lake District, where the men will finish by climbing 978m Scafell Pike.

Mr Bennett said: ?Ollie and I have done similar events previously, Tough Mudder in Henley among others.

?We are training nine or 10 times a week, plus I?m balancing a new job and an eight-week-old baby but I am confident we will get through it and it should be a great experience.?

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