A team of plucky cyclists are aiming to cycle to every Premiership football ground to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Corporal Darren 'Daz' Jones tells us more in this blog.
I've been in the RAF for 14 years and I'm based at MOD Corsham in Wiltshire. Our challenge is to ride to all of the Premier League football grounds, including a stop at Wembley Stadium.
We are starting at Norwich City on the 7 April and finishing at Newcastle United on the 16 April 2013. The route will take us through London, Reading, Southampton, Swansea, the Midlands, the North West before finishing in the North East. We will be covering a distance of 1,000 miles over ten days.
I took on this challenge because in 2009 I suffered from a severe prolapsed disc and ended up having almost two years off work.
During this time I had numerous stays in hospital and I was fortunate to benefit from visits from charities such as the RAF Benevolent Fund, Red Cross and SSAFA.
Once the surgery was complete, I started a rehab programme which would eventually see me fully fit and back to work. As part of my rehab, I visited Headley Court. It was there that I saw first-hand the impact that charitable donations can make, so decided I should do something to contribute.
I chose the RAF Benevolent Fund and H4H as I'd seen the work being done at Headley Court. The reason behind cycling is simple. I had never really cycled any great distance before so thought it would be the ideal way to challenge myself and raise awareness and hopefully money!
We have been lucky enough to gain support from several companies. Softbox Ltd donated our bikes, Sourcefire provided our helmets and Phoenix Datacomm provided our shirts. Also BT MyDonate provided us with the rest of our clothing which enabled us to train right through the winter - that wasn't very pleasant! All of our equipment was provided by Swindon Cycles.
By Darren 'Daz' Jones