Collingwood sailors’ challenge for charity

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Three Royal Navy sailors from HMS Collingwood have cycled the length of the south coast in just four days in support of four charities.

The trio of physical trainers set off in the early hours of Friday from Dover and cycled 373 miles (600km) to reach their final destination of Falmouth on yesterday.

The concept of the challenge ‘Exercise Coastal Passage’ comes after a member of the group lost his five-year-old son to epilepsy earlier this year.

The group cycled a total of 600,000 metres, one metre for each member of the UK who is estimated to be living with the condition.

The challenge has raised money for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, The Royal Navy Benevolent Fund, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund and Sudep Action.

Leading physical trainer Ian ‘Smokey’ Cole said: ‘I have two sons but I lost one to epilepsy.

‘He passed away after suffering a fit during the night.

‘The charities we’re cycling for were a huge help and we want to raise money with hope that things like this can be prevented in the future.’

The group travelled 150km per day with stops at Brighton, Salisbury, Exeter and Plymouth.