Two Royal Navy Officers from HMS Kent, including Freemason Kevin Robinson of Drayton Lodge No. 8832, have raised over £1,000 for charity by cycling over 300 miles in just four days
The cycle ride was the brainchild of Kevin’s naval colleague Matt ‘Dugie’ Dugard who planned to ride from Kevin’s hometown of York to Dugie’s hometown of Portsmouth in support of the Royal Masonic Trust for Boys and Girls (RMTGB) and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).
The ship’s Medic, Maree O’Rourke, volunteered as the team’s medic and mechanic, keeping both the riders and their equipment in top condition. Dugie’s father also volunteered as a support driver for the event.
Their journey began in York on 1 November, ending at HMS Victory, Portsmouth on 4 November. Along the way the team cycled through 10 counties, averaging 75 miles per day depending on weather conditions and the terrain covered.
- Day 1: York to Peterborough
- Day 2: Peterborough to Dunstable
- Day 3: Dunstable to the Meon Valley
- Day 4: Meon Valley to HMS Victory, Portsmouth
During the ride there were a couple of emergencies such as broken spokes (kindly fixed for free by a local cycle shop in Gainsborough) and burst inner tubes, but both riders made it through, albeit with a few aches and pains.
Upon arrival in Portsmouth, they were met and congratulated by their families and the RMTGB’s fundraising manager, Ray Collings, who offered his thanks on behalf of the Trust.
To prepare for their challenge, Kevin and Dugie both trained on board HMS Kent throughout the ship’s deployment on anti-piracy and terrorism patrols earlier this year, taking advantage of port visits and the ship’s cycling machines and spin bikes whilst at sea.
Following the cycle ride, Kevin said: 'The training only prepared us for the rigours that we encountered on the challenge to a some extent. Unfortunately the use of spin bikes and cycling machines doesn’t prepare you for hill climbs and wet and windy weather.
'We’re relieved and proud to have completed the challenge, knowing that the money raised will go to very worthy and deserving charities including the RMTGB.'