Navy pitstop

From left, AB Scott Hopkins, John Wilson, Emma Knight, Frances Knight, Karoush Tajbakhsh and Lt Cdr Moira Wilcockson

From left, AB Scott Hopkins, John Wilson, Emma Knight, Frances Knight, Karoush Tajbakhsh and Lt Cdr Moira Wilcockson

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PORTSMOUTH’S Royal Naval reservists provided an R&R haven for cyclists taking part in a continental charity challenge.

HMS King Alfred, which is the Royal Navy Reserves unit at Whale Island, set up a pitstop for a team of 47 Leeds University students who were cycling 400 miles to Paris in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for breast cancer charity, The Haven.

The navy was on hand to offer food, drink, showers and somewhere to rest before the cyclists caught the ferry to France and continue on their fundraising mission.

The exhausting cycling event was organised by Emma Knight, of Titchfield, who studies at Leeds University.

She said: ‘We are very grateful for the hospitality of the naval reserves allowed us to recharge our batteries.’

The cyclists made it to the finish at Arc de Triomphe in Paris in six days, averaging 70 miles a day.

To donate money, visit justgiving.com/LeedsRAGTourtoFrance or thehaven.org.uk.

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