Win a free place on SSAFA’s Victory Ride

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CYCLISTS are being invited to take part in a ride to raise money for a military charity to coincide with VE Day.

The SSAFA Victory Ride is a 200-mile challenge along the south coast, which starts and ends at HMS Victory in the Historic Dockyard.

All the money raised will go towards SSAFA’s work with the armed forces past and present and their families.

And three lucky readers will get a chance to take part in the inaugural event, which takes place over the weekend of May 16 and 17, free of charge.

Events officer Laura Duncan said: ‘We’re extremely excited to be launching the SSAFA Victory Ride this coming May.

‘It will be a great experience for anyone who enjoys a challenge, or who wants to raise funds in support of our forces families.

‘Every penny raised from the event will be used to help us to continue to provide practical, emotional and financial support for the 55,000 people we help every year.’

SSAFA is the UK’s oldest military charity.

The ride begins in Portsmouth and snakes in a figure of eight out towards Salisbury and the New Forest before returning to Portsmouth and making its way out towards the South Downs and Aldershot then back.

The route will cover approximately 100 miles on each day and support vehicles will be out on the route along with rest stops approximately every 20 to 25 miles.

Cyclists of all levels are welcome.

The first three readers who call SSAFA on 020 7463 9297 or email teamssafa@ssafa.org.uk and credit ‘The Portsmouth News’ will win a free place.

To register go to ssafa.org.uk/victory-ride.