Three plucky Chief Petty Officers (CPOs) from HMS Richmond are breathing a sigh of relief, having completed a joint 10,000-mile riding challenge on behalf of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Asthma UK.

The incredibly journey for trio Tim Cox, Duncan Barnes and Shawn Savage began way back in August 2013, when Tim decided he wanted to raise money for several deserving charities – whilst also undertaking a very personal challenge.

In 2007 Tim was diagnosed with Asthma and was downgraded for five years. It was only 18-months ago that he was passed as medically fit to return back to sea.

“We decided that during the deployment we would cycle 10,000 miles between us using the ship’s spin bikes only,” Tim explained.

“The challenge has proved difficult at times, with heavy sea states and extreme temperatures from very hot to very cold.  We have also had various ailments or injuries which have made cycling uncomfortable – and then there have been the saddle sores!”

The team shared the 10,000-mile cycle between them, taking rides in shifts and keeping tabs on their progress throughout. At one stage they even committed to carrying out a 24-hour cycle so they could take some leave and not fall too far behind their target finish date of February 8.

Despite their enthusiasm for the challenge, the team did fall behind – by some 300 miles in total – calling for a concerted effort by Duncan and Shawn to help finish before the end of their deployment.

Tim estimates that between the three, more than 588 hours have been cycled and more than £2,000 has been raised.

The team’s fundraising page is still available to donate to at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/applescox