A group of 16 personnel from across HMS Sultan recently took part in a sponsored cycle ride to the home of English Rugby in order to support The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity’s (RNRMC) ‘Road to Twickenham’ campaign.

Commodore David Elford, the Commandant of the Defence College of Technical Training (DCTT), was on hand to help the riders on their way, recognising the excellent fundraising work that the team involved had achieved.

The 80 mile ride was designed to be challenging and enjoyable. For many of the participants it was the first time they had benefitted from the opportunity to really stretch their legs over a long distance and all those involved completed the ride in under 4 hours and 30 minutes without a single puncture!

Following on from the cycle ride, the parade ground at HMS Sultan was turned into a one mile racing track, as trainees and staff from both the DCTT’s Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) and Royal Naval Air Engineering & Survival Equipment School (RNAESS) completed a 76 mile relay race to raise further funds for the RNRMC.

Commanders Jim McNair (RNAESS) and Adrian Wheal (DSMarE) got the event underway, with Lieutenant Mike Harris (RNAESS), who had also completed the cycle ride, setting the bar high for the day with a very respectable time of a 6 minutes and 2 seconds for the mile.

With all runners accounted for, the times for the day were all calculated. The fastest male and female of the day were ETME Kyle Hendry (5 mins 29 secs) and AET Megan Collyer (6 mins 45 secs) respectively. Over the 76 miles the Air Engineers scored a collective time of 8 hours 14 minutes and 39 seconds with the Marine Engineers trailing by a total of 30 minutes and 29 seconds.

Afterwards ride to Twickenham Lieutenant Mike Harris said: “The charity ride was thoroughly enjoyable for all those involved; we got a great sense of achievement as we arrived at Twickenham, especially after navigating the busy streets of London during lunchtime traffic. My legs were a little tired coming in to the run, but I was pleased to be starting off the lead leg of the run to Twickenham and it was great to set a good time as a benchmark for the rest of the participants to try and beat.

“The RNRMC really do support some great causes and everyone is eager to do their bit and raise not only money but awareness of what the organisation does. HMS Sultan has many other events planned throughout the year to enable personnel to get involved and raise funds for the RNRMC.”