RMB Chivenor based James Irving and his friend Ross Titcombe are setting off to cycle and clinb the Three Peaks this September for the Blesma charity

An RMB Chivenor combat medic and his friend are aiming to break the Three Peaks Challenge record to raise money for military charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

Lance Corporal James Irving, with 24 Commando Engineer Regiment at Chivenor and LCpl Ross Titcombe, based at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield near Hull, met while they were both serving in Germany.

On September 1 they will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the National Three Peaks Challenge Cycle Team which is currently 42 hours and 55 minutes and was set in 2015.

Instead of being shuttled between the peaks of Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Ben Nevis in Scotland, the two soldiers will be cycling from one mountain to the next.

They were keen to support their chosen charity because during

their military careers they have come across those who have been injured in conflict, and heard about Blesma's work supporting limbless service men and women, their widows and dependents.

James, from Arbroath, and Ross, from Darlington, have been clocking up the miles on their bikes and scouting out the best routes for each peak in preparation for the challenge itself.

To boost their fundraising efforts they have organised a supermarket collection and they hope to raise at least £1,000.

Avery Healthcare has also offered to double their fundraising total as well as providing them with bicycles for the challenge.

James told the Gazette: "Throughout our careers Ross and I have always been keen, fit and competitive individuals who always tried to beat each other at every task we undertook.

"We have spoken for years about undertaking a challenge to raise money for a military charity, but living in Germany found it hard to identify a suitable time and challenge. Since moving back to England and getting involved with road cycling, we decided that the Three Peaks Cycling Challenge was the perfect one to attempt.

"Being the competitive individuals we are, we looked at the current world record time and instantly decided that was what we wanted to try and beat.

"Working within the medical setting of the military, Blesma is a charity that both of us often cross paths with and see at many military events; looking into the fantastic things they achieve with the money they raise, this was the only charity that crossed our minds when selecting a charity to represent."

***** To support James and Ross go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rossandjames or you can text 'INCE57' plus your amount to 70070.