Old Contemptibles: Battlefield Challenge
Raising £1 for each life lost on Day One of the Battle of the Somme
Alan Spencer and his band of 'Old Contemptibles', is aiming to hand cycle the Battlefields, Cemeteries and Monuments to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Travelling over 250 miles in 5 days, they hope to rasie £20,000 - just £1 for every life lost on the first day of the Battle.
This physically demanding challenge (Alan is only able to use one hand and therefore hand-cycling is a massive undertaking for him and his support team are all mainly 50+ ex-Servciemen who are novice cyclists) will start at Ypres where they will lay a wreath at Menin Gate on 26th June and they will then travel through the Belgian countryside to Tyne Cot Cemetery near Passchendaele, then on South into France and Flanders follwing the British, Commonwealth and French trench lines to Mons and the battlefields of the Somme area, reaching Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on 1st July.
Each person has some connection to those who served in the First World War and they will be paying their respects to them en route. Please support them in this extraordinary challenge and help them reach theri £20,000 target by donating at here