After 44 years Service, recently retired Wg Cdr Bob Lander decided to cycle solo from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise funds for the Fund.
The ride covered over 950 miles with almost 50 000ft of ascent over 12 days with overnight stops in Looe, Exmouth – Bob's home town – Chew Stoke, Mortimor's Cross, Warrington, Kendall, Moffat, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Inverness and Helmsdale. Bob was joined on the venture by Flt Lt Greg Lings; they had flown together on the SAR Flt at Leconfield some 20 years ago.
An initial sponsorship goal of £2000 was soon raised to £3000 but so far, an amazing £5155 has been raised. They were also encompanied en-route by various ex-colleagues, all keen to show their support.
Bob and Greg enjoyed an amazing journey, with only minor technical issues and a couple of days of Scottish rain to dampen enthusiasm. "Highlights were not only stunning scenery," Bob enthused, "but also the amazing warmth and generosity of so many people. We were told it was a wonderful opportunity to eat as many calories as possible and still lose weight!"
The two were met at John O'Groats by a small group of family and friends, who congratulated them on their epic challenge. The finish was made even more memorable following an overflight by a XV(R) Sqn Tornado from RAF Lossiemouth.
For those still wishing to sponsor Bob and Greg, it's not too late and can be done at virginmoneygiving.com/robertlander.