Firefighters and friends tackle tough cycle challenge raising more than £12,000 for charities

Sandy firefighters 400-mile challenge
Sandy firefighters 400-mile challenge
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A group of firefighters from Sandy and their friends have raised more than £12,000 during a cycle challenge.

The eight firefighters from the town’s fire station were joined by six pals to pedal 400 miles to the twin town of Malaunay in France.

The trek began at the station on Wednesday, October 28 and took the group through Holland and Belgium en route to the French town, before returning to Sandy.

The fundraising target was set at £10,000, but at present this figure is now in excess of £12,000, with the cash raised going to the Fire Fighters Charity and St John’s Hospice, Moggerhanger.

Both charities have supported and cared for members of the group’s family and friends in their final days

One of the firefighers wrote in a blog: “It rained for our send off and it rained for the next seven hours! As the miles clocked up so did the punctures....nine in total for the team at the close of play. As darkness fell, we were still short of our predicted arrival time, and as the ferry was quite an integral part of our trip we had to get there.

“The last hour was head down and just get on with it. Arrival at our destination was such a relief.”

On arriving back in Sandy, they added: “I completed the hardest thing I have ever done over that length of time. It was tough, worse than tough.

I don’t often show emotion but I must say when I arrived home and I held my wife and children my eyes started to sweat at what we as a team had achieved.