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Take on “Ride The Plain” for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity

Join SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity this September and ‘Ride the Plain’ to support our Armed Forces and their families.

SSAFA’s new cycling challenge, Ride the Plain, will take participants on a unique route around the inside of Larkhill Camp, taking in the strong military landmarks and history.

The event will take place on Sunday 26 September and participants can choose to take on either a 30- or 70-mile route to complete their challenge.

Both routes will start with a lap of Larkhill Camp, before riding through Bulford Camp and then heading out onto the Salisbury Plain Training Area.

Home to the Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill Camp boasts 122 years of British military history, while Bulford Camp offers impressive views of firing ranges, military airfields and the chance to see tank training.

The remainder of the ride is on the public highway, pedalling the hills and lanes of Wiltshire, with refreshment stops at the halfway points.

The 30-mile route will allow riders the opportunity to pay their respects at Tidworth Military Cemetery, the final resting place of nearly 500 service personnel.

Salisbury local, Lt Gen Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB, is the CEO of SSAFA and will be joining the challenge on Sunday 26 September.

He said:

I’m looking forward – I think (!), to taking on our brand-new fundraising event, ‘Ride the Plain’.  The funds raised will allow SSAFA to continue to support our Armed Forces community – regular and reserve, serving and retired and, of course, their families. It’s set to be a fantastic day as we cycle a unique route around the inside of Larkhill Camp, through Bulford Camp and then onto the Salisbury Plain Training Area. I’d encourage any keen cyclists and others who just fancy some fresh air to get involved in what promises to be a wonderful occasion – though one thing I can’t guarantee we’ll only have tail winds, much as I would wish it!”

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