Bishop to Embark on Bike-Borne ‘Dawn Raid’

by Gerry Lynch last modified 05 Jun, 2014 05:48 PM

Bishop to Take on a Crepuscular 100 Mile Challenge for Wounded Heroes

Having taken a few weeks to recover from his car-free exploits during Lent, the Rt Revd Edward Condry, Bishop of Ramsbury, is to tackle another cycling challenge this weekend – the Dawn Raid!

“I’m cycling 100 miles from Tedworth House, which is near Tidworth in Wiltshire, and not too far from where I live, to The Mall in London”, says Edward. But isn’t a weekend century meat and drink to a keen road cyclist? “I’d normally love the idea of 100 miles” he agrees, “but the interesting bit about this trip is that it starts at 2.00 in the morning.”

That explains why the challenge is called the Dawn Raid – but why such a punishingly early start, and why such a combative name?

“You will guess that there is a military mind behind the extra pain”, says Ed, “I am cycling for Help for Heroes. If you have ever seen those young men with the injuries they have sustained, then you will know why I want to ride for their support.

“Like most people, I hate asking for sponsorship, but this is such a worthwhile cause. I’ve started fundraising and I’m aiming for £1000. You can find my page at www.bmycharity.com/EdCondry. Many, many, thanks.”

After crossing Hampshire, the riders will pick up the 2012 Olympic road race route in Surrey, tackling the iconic Box Hill before finishing late morning in the heart of the capital.

Tidworth House.jpgTedworth House is one of four Recovery Centres run by Help for Heroes which form part of the Defence Recovery Capability. The House provides support to serving and veteran members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded, injured or become sick.

One veteran helped at Tedworth House is Yorkshireman, Mick Brennan, a former sergeant. Mick was seriously injured in a suicide attack in Iraq in 2004 while serving with the Royal Signals. He spent 15 days in a coma, suffered a serious brain injury, and lost both legs above the knee.

As Mick slowly put his life together again over the following years, he began taking part in various Help For Heroes-supported sport programmes. In 2009, he realised that skiing was by far his favourite sport.

“Luckily it turned out that I was quite good at it as well”, says Mick, “so I was able to join the Combined Services ski team. I gained a place in GB development squad in 2009.

“I’ve spent time at the Help for Heroes Tedworth House Recovery Centre using the world-class adaptive sports facilities, including the Skiplex and Swimex, and working with the centre’s lead strength and conditioning coach.”

Mick made his Paralympic debut in Sochi earlier this year, when he finished 10th in the Super-G downhill slalom event, on a course where 14 paralympians crashed out and which was described by the sporting press as ‘brutal’ and ‘dangerous’.

“Tedworth has also helped me mentally”, says Mick, “Having been out of the military environment for ten years now it’s been brilliant being back amongst the guys. I’ve bumped into Neil Heritage who was also injured in the same incident as me and is also a double amputee. Being around like-minded people is helping me regain my motivation after months of injury. “

Don’t forget you can sponsor Ed at www.bmycharity.com/EdCondry

Read a report of Mick Brennan’s Super-G run in the 2014 Winter Paralympics via Guardian Sport.

Photo: wounded ex-servicemen working on rehabilitation at Tedworth House. Credit - Help for Heroes.

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