A determined team of six cyclists, from submarine HMS Talent, complete challenge ride from Plymouth to London in memory of their late friend.

On Friday 4 November, the Plymouth-based submariner team completed the overnight cycle as tribute to their friend and shipmate, Lieutenant Joseph Wright, 26, who passed away of natural causes in January.

248 miles

The challenge saw the team cycle from HMNB Devonport Plymouth to the Submarine Memorial on the Embankment London, a total of 248 miles, completed in relay format.
As a unique twist, the fundraisers attempted to beat the cycle time, as suggested by Google’s Map function, which estimated a 23-hour journey.

Smashed Targets

All in aid of charity, the six men have doubled their expected fundraising target (£1,200) to more than £2,500. Sponsorship and donation money raised is being donated to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).
You can still make a £5 donation by texting ‘Navy talent’ to 70500, or via uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HMSTalentbeatgooglecycle.
The challenge organiser, Craig Parker said: “The RNRMC has provided vital support to Joe’s family in their time of need”. He said, adding that it’s important the RNRMC “gets the acknowledgment it deserves”.

The Finish Line

On Saturday morning, after cycling all night, the Submariners completed their journey into London. On arrival, they were greeted by a crowd of supporting colleagues that included representatives from the RNRMC and Admiral of the Fleet Michael Cecil Boyce, Baron Boyce, KG, GCB, OBE, DL, former First Sea Lord.
The challenge took place during the Submarine Memorial Weekend in London which saw the team head off quickly after they finished to attend a service at Westminster Abbey to honour those past and present serving in the Submarine Service.