Soldiers use pedal power to boost Army charity

Members of the 73 Engineer Regiment are going to take part in a sponsored static bike ride around numerous supermarkets in the region. Here they are practicising at the the Wallis barracks in Chesterfeld
Members of the 73 Engineer Regiment are going to take part in a sponsored static bike ride around numerous supermarkets in the region. Here they are practicising at the the Wallis barracks in Chesterfeld
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TERRITORIAL Army soldiers are cycling the equivalent of the 6,000 kilometre distance from the UK to Afghanistan - but without even leaving the country.

The epic journey is being made to raise funds for a charity which supports soldiers and their families.

Members of 73 Engineer Regiment, which includes 575 Field Squadron based at Wallis Barracks, Chesterfield, are pedalling on static cycle machines.

They will be stationed at Tesco Extra, Chesterfield, on Saturday March 3, Meadowhall shopping centre on Sunday, March 4 and Tesco on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, on Monday, March 5.

Members of the regiment will also be cycling at three stores in Derby and Nottingham.

And the event has been organised with military precision to ensure the distance is covered in time.

Warrant Officer 2 Steve Marsh, of 73 Engineer Regiment, said the team was looking forward to the challenge.

He said: “There will be a total of 10 personnel involved in the event with five cycle machines set up at each location. 

“Each day’s cycling will be eight hours long and each person will need to cover 25km per hour. 

“It will be an hour on, hour off rotation. 

“At the end of each day, each individual will have covered at least 100km.”

WO2 Marsh added: “The charity we are raising the money for is Army Benevolent Fund - The Soldiers’ Charity.

“This will be challenging but rewarding event, raising much-needed funds for an outstanding and worthwhile charity.”

Donations will be collected or log on to www.justgiving.com/Steve-Marsh1 to sponsor the soldiers online.

The Chesterfield engineers have set a target of more than £5,000 and have already raised more than £1,600.