SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity hosted its brand-new fundraising challenge, ‘Ride the Plain’, on Sunday 26 September raising a total of £12,000 to support the Armed Forces family.
SSAFA’s Ride the Plain event began at Larkhill camp in Wiltshire, where 31 cyclists geared up to begin the epic challenge.
The event consists of a 30-mile or 70-mile route around the Wiltshire countryside, taking in Larkhill camp and Bulford camp before heading out onto the Salisbury Plain Training Area.
Participants were placed into three categories; those that entered the 30-mile section of the course and those that went on to complete a 70-mile section, with teams reaching target paces of 12-14 mph.
Once off the training area, the riders got to enjoy the hills and lanes of Wiltshire, enjoying refreshments at the halfway points.
Verity Harding, Head of Events said,
“Thank you to everyone who supported the inaugural Ride the Plain. The event was a huge success, raising over £12,000 and counting. Thanks must go to all of the brilliant riders taking part, the team at Larkhill for hosting us, Sodexo for providing the food and drink and Aspire for the facilities. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.”
Salisbury local and CEO at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, Lt Gen Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB also took part in the challenge alongside SSAFA employees and corporate teams, which included cyclists from Lovell, Fujitsu and Landmarc.