Tour de Forces welcomed to Braunton

12:23 04 October 2012

The team cycle in to the Williams Arms in Braunton escorted by 10 Royal Marines

The team cycle in to the Williams Arms in Braunton escorted by 10 Royal Marines

Archant

After a gruelling 33 days on the road, the intrepid cyclists and runners were welcomed to North Devon on the final leg of their journey.

The team: Sean Aiken, Mark 'Rammers' Ormrod, Paul Shearsby, Stevie Budge and Dodge Holls (missing from photo: Charles 'Chunks' Padilla)The team: Sean Aiken, Mark 'Rammers' Ormrod, Paul Shearsby, Stevie Budge and Dodge Holls (missing from photo: Charles 'Chunks' Padilla)

A GROUP of inspirational fundraisers cycling 3,000 miles round the British coastline were welcomed to Braunton by two pipe bands and an escort of 10 Royal Marines yesterday.

The Tour de Forces team had been running, cycling and hand-cycling through the wind and rain for 33 days when they arrived in North Devon on the final leg of their journey.

In August the Gazette reported the idea was that of Braunton man Paul Shearsby, and it quickly gathered momentum raising money for four charities.

The team included former Royal Marine Commando Mark ‘Rammers’ Ormrod, who lost both legs and an arm in an I.E.D explosion in Afghanistan in 2007.

Team leader Paul Shearsby with proud mum Sue Shearsby.Team leader Paul Shearsby with proud mum Sue Shearsby.

Arriving in Braunton Paul, who broke his record last week cycling 100 miles in eight hours, said it felt amazing to be back home.

He said: “It’s been a lot harder than expected, and there hasn’t been a day when we haven’t had problems.

“Coming back to my hometown like this is amazing; it’s going to be hard to get back on the road again tomorrow but we are so close now.”

The team were welcomed by representatives from the Bideford Youth Pipe Band and the North Devon Pipes and Drums Band as they cycled into the William’s Arms pub.

They stayed the night at RMB Chivenor before setting off again through Barnstaple.

Sue Shearsby, Paul’s mum, said she was ‘absolutely bursting with pride’ about what the team had achieved.

She said: “When Paul came up with the idea I told him I thought he was mad.

“But to think in three days they will have cycled more than 3,000 miles, I can’t even put in to words how much pride I feel.”

The team will complete its journey in Plymouth on Saturday and celebrate with a ball, auctioning off donated items including a pair of swimming trunks signed by Olympian Tom Daley.

The money raised from the challenge will be split between the Royal Marine Association, The Royal British Legion, and Semper FI Fund and the British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association (BLESMA).

0 comments

Other News Stories

45 minutes ago
Work on Barnstaple's new TK Maxx store is continuing to progress. Picture: Andy Keeble

TK Maxx has announced that its new shop in Barnstaple will create 35 jobs.

Read more
47 minutes ago
Labour candidate for North Devon, Mark Cann

In the latest of our series of profiles, we meet Labour’s candidate for North Devon, Mark Cann

Read more
The dolphin washed up on Putsborough beach. Picture: Amanda Baldwin.

Dead dolphin found washed up on North Devon beach yesterday (Wednesday).

Read more
Marlene May with her new book. Picture: Sarah Howells

Marlene May, 77, is selling her new book at charity shop where she has worked for 18 years.

Read more
07:00
The Trumpton bonfire in Torrington is coming together.

Torrington Cavaliers get set for giant charity bonfire in August.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:09
Dave Garrett and Mark Edwards getting ready for the 100 mile challenge.

Bideford man prepared for epic 36-hour non-stop walk in aid of the Chemotherapy Appeal.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 3°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder