Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Three peaks, three lakes...and an 800-mile bike ride

Photo 1: Members of the Hamstreet Ultimate Road Trip (HURT) team pictured at the Air Ambulance base at Marden.

Photo 2: Team HURT pictured at the start of the Air Ambulance’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge at Marden

A group of Hamstreet fundraisers are embarking on a challenge of a lifetime next year to raise funds for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The 14-strong team begin their epic journey on July 4th with a 1,344m climb up Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland.

They will then cycle to and swim across Loch Lomond before getting back on their bikes and pedalling to Cumbria where they will scale Scaffell Pike.

The next stage of their quest will see them get back on the saddle and cycle to Lake Windermere before swimming across it.

Finally, they will cycle to Wales where they will climb 1,085m Mount Snowdon before crossing Bala Lake and riding all the way back to Hamstreet.

Organiser Andrew Othen said: “We’ve called our challenge the Hamstreet Ultimate Road Trip, or HURT, and it promises to, but it beats spending the week by the pool!”

The team of keen cyclists were inspired to raise funds for the Air Ambulance because of the number of cycling accidents the helicopter is called to.

To help them with their training, they took part in the charity’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge in September which raised almost £38,000 for the charity.

And to boost their fundraising, they held a Pick Your Own Pumpkin event, pub quiz and golf day at London Beach Golf Club in Tenterden. They are also planning a ball at The Saga Building in Sandgate. on March 28th.

For more information about the challenge, or to make a donation, go to or

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