The team from Royal Navy’s HMS Temeraire are well under way for their cycling challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with support from e3.

The challenge started on May 29th and finishes on June 7th. To get the full lowdown on the feat ahead, we grabbed 5 minutes with event organiser – Maj Paul Gellender RM – Naval Service Staff Officer for Adventurous Training:

Tell us about the actual challenge – what will it entail?

The challenge will involve cycling approximately 1000 miles in nine days and includes over 38,000ft of climbing. The team of 5 riders are all novices and some only started road cycling in January! For the past five months, we have been training hard in wind, rain and snow and the progression in everyone’s strength and fitness had been fantastic.  The key to completing the full 1000 miles will be resilience and determination and we have prepared by attempting some extremely challenging 100mile rides over some very hilly terrain!

Why are you taking on the challenge? 

The challenge is all in aid of the Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), whose focus is to improve the lives of Service Personnel and their families. They focus on those who wear uniform today – ships, squadrons, submarines and commandos – and do all they can to boost morale, improve facilities and ease the pressure that life in the Service can bring.

The charity provides valuable funds for Naval and military charities that work with families and veterans, especially those experiencing difficulty with child support, ill-health, old age or hard times.

Who has taken part in the challenge?

The team of cyclists includes a mixture of MoD Service and Civilian staff. The challenge is led by myself and CPOPT Suzie Parker and we manage and deliver Adventurous Training for the Royal Navy. The other riders include Mr Rowan Taylor, Mr Steve Lemon and Lt Cdr Debra Vout who are all Sports Development Officers responsible for the delivery of Royal Navy Sport. We all work closely with Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity and Lt Cdr Vout is actually employed by a subsidiary charity of the RNRMC.

How can people support you?

We’re really grateful to e3 and Cotswolds Outdoors for supporting us and we’d love anything that people feel they can give. You can follow our progress along the way and donate here.

Find out more about our work at Royal Navy here