Ex-soldiers revved up for 2,500-mile motorbike challenge

19th June 2019

jp2Two former soldiers are revving up their engines for a special 2,500-mile motorbike challenge in aid of two charities including Turn to Starboard. 

Philip Maddox and  Jeff Howe will ride from England to Norway and back while matching each mile ridden with a press-up and squat along the long-distance route. 

On July 1, the intrepid pair will set off from Llanfairfechan in North Wales to Oslo in Norway, crossing nine different countries including Wales, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. 

The 10-day challenge was planned as a way for the ex-Army Physical Training Instructors to give something back to injured veterans and aims to raise £2,500 for Turn to Starboard and disability charity, Scope. 

A message on the bikers Just Giving fundraising web page reads: “Having served over 40 years in total with the British Army we have certainly our fair share of both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ life experiences and have unfortunately witnessed and know of many Service Brother & Sister effected by being on Military Operations over this time. Those effected have either a very visual obvious life changing injury seen by many each and every day (physical) or, a life changing injury not very obvious and not often seen daily by ‘anyone’ (mental injury/ illness/ PTSD). To that end we feel driven to offer something in return and give some of OUR time to those that have been affected through the Veterans charity: “Turn To Starboard” so that we can offer some help to fellow Veterans.” 

Throughout the epic journey the pair plan to post updates to their Instagram page jeffandphil

Supporters can take part in the challenge by posting videos of themselves online matching the number of press-ups and squats by the pair, or by making a donation on the fundraising page.

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