Relentless ride for Claire

An RAF Sergeant who grew up in Woodbury is taking on a high octane charity cycle.

Claire Ferguson, 36, who attended Woodbury Primary School and Exmouth Community College, is joining seven of her colleagues at RAF High Wycombe in a non-stop relay cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

They are taking on the challenge to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, and are hoping to raise �10,000.

Amazingly, the team is planning to complete the 900-mile route in just three days.

They will be dividing themselves into four pairs and cycling in relay, with each pair having six hours of rest for every two hours in the saddle.

However, this rest will have to be taken while following the cyclists in a camper van.

For Claire, whose family still live in East Devon, the challenge may be even greater than it is for her teammates as, before she signed up, she had barely even ridden a bicycle.

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She said: “Until our bikes were delivered, I’d cycled probably five miles maximum in my life – I’d never really done it at all.

“I’m really nervous, because I don’t really know what to expect, and I can’t imagine how tired I’m going to be.”

Claire said she and the team decided to support the RAF Benevolent Fund because they felt it was often overlooked by the public.

“There are quite a lot of events for Help for Heroes and charities that help injured soldiers, but the Benevolent Fund helps serving and former RAF personnel in so many different ways, including with terminal illnesses, family members who are sick or paralysed, or even debt relief.

“They do a really important job, and we’re really keen to get them all the support we can.”

The Relentless Ride gets under way on September 3. To sponsor Claire and the team, visit online at or text RIDE60 and amount to 70070, for example RIDE60 �1.