Hero Ride is very much our shining light when it comes to challenge events. It's a huge demonstration of camradarie and determination. It reflects the elements that Help for Heroes stands for and that's why, on the 6th of July, Sgt Katie Mason and some of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Sqn team took it upon themselves to create their own version of Hero Ride.
The ATC team aren't exactly local. They're based in Camp Bastion so it's hardly surprising that they couldn't make it to the UK-based Hero Ride. That didn't stop them, though. To compensate, about 18 of them took turns to hop on a static bike and collectively cycle a whopping 5663km (3518 miles) in under three weeks, all while operating round the clock in an extremely busy and complex theatre.
5663km, apart from being a heck of a distance, may not be immediately meaningful to many. However, to the ATC team, it hits a lot closer to home; it's the precise distance from RAF Brize Norton, UK, to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
The team managed to raise an equally impressive £705 for Help for Heroes. Their Senior Air Traffic Control Officer (SATCO) Sqn Ldr Toothill commended them saying, "I am immensely proud of Sgt Mason and the wider ATC Sqn Team for undertaking this cycling challenge and showing great commitment to wider Service charities while on deployed operations. My personnel continue to play a pivotal part in operating the fifth busiest UK-mil run airfield on behalf of CO 903 EAW. This extra task just demonstrates further their capacity and enthusiasm associated with todays modern RAF."
The team's target was initially £1000. They're using a JustGiving page to raise funds. Why not pay their page a visit and donate whatever you can?
Visit BastionATC to read more and donate.