Six keen cyclists from Hampshire have taken it upon themselves to attempt a 360-mile cycle challenge in just six days. The team known as South Coast Life Cycle will begin their colossal bike ride at RNLI Teddington Lifeboat Station in London on the 3rd June 2018. They will then follow the coastline stopping in at 26 RNLI Lifeboat Stations along their route until they finish their challenge at RNLI Calshot Lifeboat Station in Hampshire on the 8th June.

The team consisting of 3 RNLI Lifeboat volunteers, includes brothers Andy Headley and JP Headley, Philip Williams, Stephen Kingdon, John Mantle and Paul Milton.

The aim of the challenge is to raise £4,000 for their four chosen charities; RNLI Lifeboats, Wessex Cancer Trust, Combat Stress, and the MS Society, all of which have close personal connections within the team.

This incredible adventure isn’t the first of its kind for some of the team members. In 2016 South Coast Life Cycle successfully cycled from Land’s End to Calshot calling in at 18 RNLI Lifeboat stations on the way. They raised a fantastic £5,500 for the RNLI and Waterside Cancer Support Centre in Hythe smashing their £4,000 target, and they hope to do the same on this even bigger challenge.

Team member and RNLI volunteer Andy Headley said:

We were overwhelmed by the support and donations we had for the 2016 cycle so knew we had to set ourselves an even bigger challenge this time. The distance in the time frame is a test in itself, with the added RNLI Lifeboat Stations stops we know we are going to have to push ourselves. We hope by doing this we will not only raise a fantastic amount but also help raise awareness of our chosen charities and the wonderful work they do.

To follow the progress of the South Coast Life Cycle team you can find them on Facebook for regular preparation updates and real-time updates during the challenge. Find them at www.facebook.com/southcoastlifecycle.

If you would like to donate you can do so online at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/SouthCoastLifeCycle1 or find their sponsorship forms at the RNLI Calshot Lifeboat Station.