As an RAF Association Liaison Officer for more than ten years, Squadron Leader Adrian Morris, is on the move again in aid of the RAF Association.
In 2010, he cycled the equivalent distance from Afghanistan to the UK, during a deployment to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. He raised over £1500 in the process.
Adrian, who is based at RAF High Wycombe, has the cycling bug again and is planning to cycle around the outer ring of the Association’s South East Area, a distance of over 700 miles over a seven day period, in order to raise awareness of local RAF Association branches.
The route will start at Oxford and finish at High Wycombe, travelling in a clockwise direction north to Banbury, as far east as Harwich, around the coast, passing through Ramsgate, Eastbourne, Shoreham-by-Sea and Southampton, amongst many others, then heading north via Andover and Carterton, catching as many branches and RAF establishments as possible en-route.
The ride is planned for 22-28 June and will act as a recruitment drive for all branches and to raise funds to assist with two specific RAF Association activities - Miles More Minutes and the Wings Appeal.
Miles More Minutes provides RAF personnel with additional telephone talk time whilst deployed overseas, which enables individuals to keep more in touch with their loved ones. The RAF Association’s Wings Appeal is held throughout the year to raise much needed funds for the charity’s work.
Speaking of his latest cycling venture, Adrian said: “I have always enjoyed cycling, particularly during my tour in the Netherlands, and this was reinforced when cycling on the exercise bikes in Afghanistan.
“However, there is much more to cycling on the road and this will be a very significant challenge, in view of the overall distance and the time I have set myself for completion. I am looking for support from the RAF family once more, with the assurance that all proceeds will be put to excellent use.”
Adrian will be cycling over 100 miles per day.
Photo: Adrian riding through the 4000 mile barrier on an Exercise Bike whilst on tour in Afghanistan in 2010