It will come as no surprise to hear that the team of retired firefighters from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have had to postpone their attempt to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats this month in aid of Bowel Cancer UK and the Fire Fighters Charity.

Gary Mattingley said “We did hope to be able to delay the ride until later this year but with the current uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and any exit strategy the team decided to postpone the ride for a year. We will now be starting the challenge on the 7th May 2021, riding to the same schedule as the one originally intended”.

The team have been gratified by the positive response from sponsors and supporters to the announcement. “I contacted each fire service that we had intended to stay at and all sent fantastic replies confirming their commitment to us for next year” said Bob Paterson, “We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, Brikcoin, gci health, pbi performance products inc., Bristol Uniforms ltd and HR Solutions Hub, who also pledged their continued support for next year”.

Although the ride is now a year away the team have not put things on hold, current restrictions have limited their ability to train but each rider is managing to get in as many miles as possible on their bikes to stay in trim. More importantly, they are continuing to work on ways to support their chosen charities. “Current restrictions on social gathering has made it impossible for us to physically go out and fundraise so it is more important than ever that individuals wishing to support us and our charities continue to donate using online giving. We are using this time to concentrate on other fundraising ideas ready for when lockdown ends. All the ride planning has been done so our efforts over the coming year can be channelled into fundraising and supporting two fantastic charities”, said Clive Durbin.

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