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Charity cycle event heads for Cardiff

A major charity cycle event will be heading for Cardiff Castle next year.

Following the successful Tour de Troops 2018, which saw participants cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, in just five days, organisers have announced a new challenge – ‘Tour de Troops, The Castles’, taking place from 5 to 8 June 2019.

The 2019 cycle ride from Edinburgh Castle to Cardiff Castle via Windsor Castle, around 570 miles (917 km), will be completed over four days with a day’s travel either side. The £150 entry fee includes food, drink and accommodation.

A special reception at Cardiff Castle will be held in the banqueting hall to celebrate completing the ride.

The event is part of the Captain James Wadsworth Challenges, which in 2018 has raised £13,100 for Felix Fund, the charity which helps bomb disposal and search personnel and their families.

You can register for ‘Tour de Troops, The Castles’ here.

Other events have also been announced for 2019:

The Soldier Pass Run takes place on Saturday 12 October, with 5k, 10k, 21k, 42k and 100k routes, starting and finishing at Vauxhall Barracks in Didcot.

Victory Swim, The Channel, from 13-19 September 2019, offers the challenge of a lifetime to cross the English Channel in a relay or as a solo swim. The Royal Navy will marshal the event and provide support boats.

Victory Swim, The Lake, the annual open-water lake swimming challenge will take place in September 2019 at Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, with the choice of swimming  400 metres, 700 metres, 1,500 metres or more.

The events are the brainchild of Capt James Wadsworth, who joined the Army in 1995, working in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit and toured Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He received the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in 2008.

He explained: “I’m passionate about fundraising for such an important and worthwhile cause as the Felix Fund. Having first-hand knowledge of what they do, I am keen to help them support and rehabilitate soldiers and their families, while raising the profile of their important bomb disposal work.

“These endurance events will stretch both military personnel and civilians to their limits”

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