St Mary’s Fire Fighter Joins Charity Cycle Team

A St Mary’s firefighter has joined the team aiming to ride the 3100 miles across the USA.

John Williams says he’s delighted to be taking part with local paramedic, Wayne Davey and Culdrose helicopter crewman, Justin Morgan, on the gruelling 17-day challenge. John stepped in after another member had to drop out of the challenge.

The three men will be travelling to San Diego to start their journey on 21st September with the aim of raising at least £20,000 for their chosen charities; the Royal Marines Benevolent Fund, the Children’s Hospice South West and the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

John says he wanted to try an ‘extreme’ cycling challenge after taking up cycling with another local man, Duncan Nichols, and the US challenge was too good an opportunity to miss out on.

They’ve recently done the 100 miles and back from Ross on Wye to Aberystwyth but John admitted they could be cycling up to 180 miles a day in the USA if they’re to keep to their schedule.

And he says they’ll have to do it as he’s got to be back in work on St Mary’s on the 21st October!

John has been training by cycling 100 miles around the island, that’s twenty 5 mile laps, which he described as “more of a mental torture than a physical one, as it gets pretty monotonous.”

Teammate Wayne Davey told us that each member is funding their own place entirely, including flights, food and accommodation, so every penny raised goes directly to the charities involved. And Wayne says the importance of this was brought home to him recently when he visited the Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell, where he says he was left completely speechless by the experience.

The men are hoping to give daily updates en-route and are trying to get as many followers as they can on Twitter. Their tag is @3100miles.

You can also donate at their website here.