The Captain James Wadsworth Challenge 2018: Tour De Troops and The Soldiers Run Pass

The Exciting Tour De Troops endurance event is back for 2018, after huge success in 2017. This charity event is the ultimate cycle ride, starting at Lands End and finishing at John O’Groats during a challenging five days. That event is followed by a second one, the Soldiers Run Pass in July. Together they make up the Captain James Wadsworth Challenge 2018.

Both events are open to military staff and civilians alike and are ideal for those looking for a mental and physical challenge which also encourages teamwork and esprit-de-corps between military personnel and civilians.

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Two World Record Attempts in the Bomb Suit

For many of us running a half marathon in shorts and a running top would not be easy. Imagine running it in full bomb suit, with helmet!

This is exactly what Capt Mark Gibbs, a trainee Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) is doing at the Bath Half Marathon. Not only that he is attempting to beat the current World Record all in aid of Felix Fund – the bomb disposal charity.

Capt Gibbs “The suit weighs 55lbs and the helmet is an extra 10lbs and to get the World Record you need to wear both. The biggest problem we have had is the lack of heat dissipation in the suit. It gets rather hot in there.”

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Captain James Wadsworth CGC launches 2018 ultra challenges

Captain James Wadsworth CGC has launched hard endurance events to raise funds for the Felix Fund, which supports bomb disposal experts and their families through therapeutic breaks.

With years of fundraising under his belt, Capt. Wadsworth has launched The Captain James Wadsworth Challenge for 2018, which will see participants running and cycling across difficult terrains and conditions. The two tough endurance challenges will take place between June and July.

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Big Salute Grant Awarded to Felix Fund

Felix Fund is just one of a wide range of charities that offer help and support to service personnel, veterans and their families to have received BFBS Big Salute grants.

These latest grants have been funded by the 2016-2017 Big Salute campaign, thanks to generous donations and sponsored events undertaken by personnel and military communities from across the forces world.

And this year, the Big Salute fundraising pot had additional support from the Services Sound and Vision Corporation’s (SSVC) Board of Trustees.

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Felix Fund to hold exhibition and auction of art by bomb disposal experts

Bomb disposal charity Felix Fund will hold its first art exhibition and auction of original works from 5th September 2017 to 8th October 2017.

Felix Fund, a charity providing welfare support and financial assistance to bomb disposal operatives, opens its first art exhibition at the Cornerstone, Didcot, on Tuesday 5th September. All the artwork which will go on display has been created by either serving military personnel or others with links to the bomb disposal community, making it a truly unique exhibition.

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Felix Festival returns to raise funds for bomb disposal charity

The Felix Festival, a live music event that fundraises thousands of pounds for those affected by military and police careers in bomb disposal, is returning by popular demand on September 16 at Silchester in Hampshire.

The music event, organised on behalf of the charity Felix Fund which provides financial and wellbeing support to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel, is this year hoped to raise £30k — surpassing the £25k raised at Felix Festival 2015.

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Tour de Troops raise more than £3600 for Felix Fund

Over 15 days, 1,500 miles and three countries, 20 bomb disposal experts raised over £3,600 for the charity, Felix Fund.

Travelling just by bike, the Tour de Troops set out from Edinburgh on 27th May, where they cycled for an average of 100 miles per day, before arriving in Bielefield, Germany on 11th June.

The event, sponsored by Kirintec – a security technology company, saw the determined cyclists from the British Army swap blast suits for Lycra, raising money for the Felix Fund, a charity which helps those affected by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).

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redheadPR sponsor Ashchurch to Didcot leg of Tour de Troops  

On Saturday 17 June 2017, redheadPR sponsored the 6th leg of the first ever Tour de Troops, from Ashchurch to Didcot – and managing director Sara Tye joined in and rode the 56 mile leg.

The Tour de Troops is a fund-raising initiative by 20 bomb disposal experts from the British Army to raise money for the Felix Fund, a charity which helps those affected by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).

The main sponsor of the event is Kirintec, a company specialising in the design and production of security technology – including EOD solutions.

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A message from The Felix Fund

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community across the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force attends over 2,500 call outs to suspect devices, WWII bombs, and terrorist situations in Great Britain each year.

With the UK having recently been struck by an increase in terrorist activity; the Manchester bombing and attacks in London have had a national impact and our thoughts are with all of those affected.

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 Soldiers to cycle 1,500 miles in first-ever charity ‘Tour de Troops’ 

Twenty bomb disposal experts from the British Army are preparing to cover 1,500 miles by bike to raise funds for Felix Fund – the charity for those affected by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).

Switching blast suits for Lycra, the cyclists will begin their ride from Edinburgh to Bielefeld in Germany on June 12th and average about 100 miles per day. In just 15 days, they will visit every security-cleared EOD regiment in the first-ever Tour de Troops.

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