A team from the RAF Medical Services are taking part in the Nightrider London cycle ride next month, a 100km moonlit cycle ride past London's iconic landmarks, to raise money for our work. In this guest blog, team member Flt Lt Jennifer Hutton tells us how her training for the event has been going.
The Benevolent Bikers are a mixed crowd from the RAF Medical Services, there are doctors, medical Support Officers, a dental nurse and a medic.
I didn't own a bike a year ago so taking on a 100km challenge through the capital as part of such a big event certainly has me feeling nervously excited!
In terms of what I'm looking forward to is being able to make our sponsors proud and to rake in a stack load of cash for a really great cause.
We decided to raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund because it's a charity that supports everyone. It's not one that supports only the injured or just some families.
The charity is inclusive and to steal their strapline, they're here for the whole RAF family. So we thought it'd be fitting to do the Nightrider London as a (slightly dysfunctional) family of friends and workmates. At the moment our total is £1750 but we're certainly hoping to better it.
The training I've been doing for the ride includes time in the saddle out on the roads of Oxfordshire but I have also be preparing in the gym and have recently returned from a training camp with the RAF Rowing Team.
I figured if I can deal with the amount of pain and lactic acid involved in rowing I would probably manage to get around the route on the night!
By Flt Lt Jennifer Hutton