Royal Marines ‘cycle to Afghanistan’

Joseph Bulmer

ROYAL Marines and volunteers were joined by Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey MP and Lord John Burnett on Monday as they set off on an epic journey to cycle from the 6,084 miles from Barnstaple to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Fortunately the charity cyclists will not have to leave town to do it, because they are encamped for the week at the Sainsbury’s store in Roundswell as they clock up the miles on exercise bicycles.

Together with members of the North Devon branch of the Royal Marines Association, reserve units and Royal Marines cadets they will take turns to cycle for an hour between 8am-11pm from Monday to Friday, plus Saturday morning and from 10am-4pm on Sunday.

They are raising money for the Royal Marines Charity Support Appeal, a concerted fundraising effort through the first two weeks of April.

Mr Harvey said he was delighted to be able to support the appeal, adding: “I hope it captures the imagination of the public and shoppers visiting Sainsbury’s this week.”

Lord Burnett, who served with the Royal Marines as a troop commander in Borneo and the Middle East said: “This is a wonderful example of the Royal Marines family supporting the world’s elite fighting force.

“It is a very loyal family and a great privilege and honour for nick and I to be here today.”