SLOBS saddle up for cycle challenge

19:30 30 March 2014

Sidmouth lifeboat cycle team set off from the lifeboat station. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 3313-13-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Sidmouth lifeboat cycle team set off from the lifeboat station. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 3313-13-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

SUPER-FIT Sidmouth Lifeboat crew saddled up and set off on a round-the-country cycle trek to raise funds for a new back-up vessel yesterday (Saturday).

Sidmouth lifeboat cycle team before they set off from the lifeboat station. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 3305-13-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24Sidmouth lifeboat cycle team before they set off from the lifeboat station. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 3305-13-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

The hardy team of six riders departed the seafront on the 2,500-mile challenge at 7am.

The team, nick-named as SLOBS [Sidmouth Lifeboat on BikeS], also wants to raise awareness of independent lifeboat stations like theirs.

They will visit more than 40 other such services on their mission, which has been two-and-a-half years in the planning.

“We’ve never done anything like it before, there’s a nervous excitement,” said rider Theo Burgess.

He will be joined by Dean Ruse, Phil Marish, Glyn Jones, Adam Davis, Michael Benzon and support vehicle driver Mark Wearing on the 15-day challenge.

The team hope to return to the lifeboat station on Sunday, April 13, at around 2pm.

The ride is key to an effort to raise £15,200 for a new back-up boat. The Sid Vale Association’s Keith Owen Fund has already contributed £7,000 towards the initiative.

Theo expressed his gratitude to the team’s 25 ‘brilliant’ sponsors and the Sid Valley Rotary Club for helping with accommodation.

You can follow the team’s progress around the route on a blog at http://sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk/slobs/.

0 comments

Other News Stories

16:37
Sidmouth Lifeboat

Sidmouth Lifeboat launched this afternoon (Wednesday) following concerns for the safety of two adults and five children.

Read more

Gypsies are being blocked from occupying land that adjoins East Devon’s Pebblebed Heaths in an ‘unprecedented’ move to protect the environmentally sensitive area.

Read more
The murals at Sidmouth swimming pool car park. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 5931-09-14AW

A full complement of murals depicting life in our seaside resort is in place thanks to the hard work of Sidmouth College artists.

Read more
09:25

Police are carrying out enquiries following a vehicle blaze in the early hours of this morning.

Read more
06:55
John Vinnicombe with his son Mark on their farmland near Ottery St Mary. Ref sho 4774-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A farmer is warning people to be aware of potential dangers on public footpaths after he said a runner caused his cattle to stampede.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:55
Chris Tucker with the sign for The Mermaid Bar

Forgetting any mythical connotations, mention of The Mermaid evokes one thing for a certain generation – flares, groovy tunes and the most happening place in town.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:06
an overflowing rubbish bin at Newton Poppleford playing fields. Ref shs 3132-29-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A volunteer who helped secure funding for Newton Poppleford’s play park says parents have a ‘social and moral responsibility’ to clear-up their rubbish.

Read more
Graham Liverton has been a Sidmouth town councillor for 30 years

Sidmouth’s longest-serving town councillor has resigned after 30 years’ service because he found it ‘impossible’ to deal with colleagues who ‘publicly humiliated’ his wife.

Read more
Mon, 12:15
Emily Davis of Silver Street tattoos in Ottery with the new design. Ref sho 1469-30-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A pair of tattooists will be holding a unique fundraising event to help a cause that is close to their hearts.

Read more
Mon, 10:04
The Red Arrows performing their spectacular display over Sidmouth ten years ago. Ref shs 9920-36-04. Picture: Simon Horn.

The Red Arrows could be secured for next year if every Sid Valley resident gave just £1.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition



Devon's trusted business finder