Mayor throws his weight behind epic charity ride

SAILOR Mayor Paul Buckley was in the Royal Navy
SAILOR Mayor Paul Buckley was in the Royal Navy
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A TEAM of fitness enthusiasts will be cycling the equivalent of the distance from Camp Bastion in Afghanistan to Britain to raise funds for a military charity.

The cyclists hope to clock up more than 4,442 miles on their static bikes and at the same time raise plenty of money for Combat Stress, one of the chosen charities of the Mayor of Havant, Councillor Paul Buckley.

The charity event will take place at Waterlooville Bandstand on Saturday from 7am and 12 to 15 bikes will be in action all day. Members of the public will also be encouraged to have a go and put in a shift to help the team reach their total.

Cllr Buckley, a former Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander, said: ‘These guys are very fit and they will be pedalling at full pace all day to hit their target. So we hope the public will come along to lend their support and take part.

‘And they will be riding for a good cause. The charity Combat Stress works to help servicemen who have seen terrible things and suffered incredible pressure while serving in conflicts all over the world. When they come home they often find it very difficult to cope and suffer from mental health issues.’

The 20-strong team of cyclists will be led by a former Royal Naval fitness instructor, George Turner, who now runs Emsworth-based fitness company Innovations Fitness.