Tuesday 6th May 2014 – 5.20pm – Claire Brown.
A team of paramedics who left John O’Groats on Saturday are already half way through their epic charity cycle ride to Lands End.
Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedic Dave Bentley and Wolverhampton Paramedic Neil Weaver together with a support crew of HART paramedics Neil Baars and Olly Ayles, are hoping to complete the 850-mile journey on two wheels in just seven days.
They hope their efforts raise as much money as possible for Pilgrim Bandits, a charity which supports injured armed forces members.
The journey so far hasn’t been without incident as, on day two, Neil came off his bike on the A9 in Scotland after a very long uphill climb. Neil was knocked unconscious for a short period and needed medical care from the paramedic support crew and colleagues from the Scottish Ambulance Service. After some rest and recuperation, Neil is back in the saddle.
Yesterday, the team left Scotland and crossed the border back into England. Today, on day four of the challenge, they are cycling through the Lake District. Writing on their Facebook and Twitter page earlier this afternoon, the team said: “Well that’s halfway to Lands End!! Looking strong!”
You can follow the teams progress on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/999jogle2014 or Twitter via @jogledave. To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Dave-Bentley or text ‘DBLB85’ followed by your donation (e.g. £1) to 70070. For more information about the charity, visit http://www.pilgrimbandits.org
Notes to Editor:
Pictured is Dave Bentley (front) and Neil Weaver (back) crossing the half way mark of their 850-mile cycle to Lands End.