Charity cycle raises money for colleague

A FELIXSTOWE man has cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End in just 11 days to raise money for a needy colleague. Nick Styles, a Warrant Officer in the Royal Air Force, was joined by a team of fellow servicemen in the adventure to raise money to help Flt Lt Jan Martin, who was involved in a tragic training accident which left her permanently wheelchair-bound.

A FELIXSTOWE man has cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End in just 11 days to raise money for a needy colleague.

Nick Styles, a Warrant Officer in the Royal Air Force, was joined by a team of fellow servicemen in the adventure to raise money to help Flt Lt Jan Martin, who was involved in a tragic training accident which left her permanently wheelchair-bound.

The aim of the mammoth cycle ride was to raise funds to help finance the completion of a specially built “wet-room” in Jan's home.

Keen cyclist Mr Styles, who is currently stationed at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, agreed to the challenge and started training. The team set off from John O'Groats to head south to Land's End and completed their challenge in 11 days after averaging 86.5 miles per day.

They were assisted by five support staff who ensured they were properly fed, watered and housed, mainly sleeping in tents, throughout the journey.

Mr Styles said: “The hardest day was over the Otterburn Moors from Jedburgh to Croft-on-Tees.

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“However, I'm thrilled that we have managed to do this and for such a worthwhile cause.

“Jan is always in our thoughts and I am honoured to be part of such a great event.”

The route took them down the coast of Scotland through Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders and onto Otterburn Moors before arriving at York.

They then crossed the country and headed down the east side to Wiltshire before the final assault on Cornwall.

The other members of the team were Squadron Leader John Healey, Warrant Officer Calum Ferguson, and Craig Bones, who are also based in Scotland. They completed the 944.5 miles with a total ride time of 66 hours, 8 minutes and 41 seconds.

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