How the soldiers did in the saddle

Pictured front is Phil Patrick, from Shilbottle, with his team from 5th Royal Artillery, at Alnwick TA Centre during their Help for Heroes bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End.
Pictured front is Phil Patrick, from Shilbottle, with his team from 5th Royal Artillery, at Alnwick TA Centre during their Help for Heroes bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End.
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A soldier cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End in aid of injured comrades managed to get a break from the saddle in his home town.

Phil Patrick, who is based at Catterick with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers – part of 5th Regiment Royal Artillery – is travelling the length of Britain with 10 comrades, in aid of Help for Heroes.

The 48-year-old, from Shilbottle, is also raising money for HospiceCare North Northumberland.

Last Friday, Phil and the team arrived at Alnwick TA Centre, where they were put up for the night, having completed 382 miles of the route in just four days.

And he even got a chance to celebrate his mum’s birthday before hitting the road again.

“The first day was a shock to the system,” said Phil. “The next day we were slow in getting started, but on day three, the improvement was unreal.

“We averaged 20mph today and it’s only going to get better from here. The weather in Scotland was fairly poor and there were a few cheeky hills to contend with, but once we got within sight of Northumberland, the sun came out and it was lovely.”

Supported by three admin staff from the 5th Regiment, the lads are due to arrive at Land’s End tomorrow.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Philip-Patrick