The Blazing Saddles team, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, has completed another marathon ride in the name of charity, this time pedalling from Gibraltar Street in Oldham, Manchester, through England, France and Spain to Gibraltar.
The 13-strong strong team clocked up 1,700 miles over 15 days – averaging an incredible 115 miles a day and climbing more than 100,000 feet – raising a staggering £32,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity and three other charities close to the team’s hearts.
Upon their eventual arrival in Gibraltar the team was greeted by family, friends, local dignities and the Gibraltar Fire Service, who gave them a noisy welcome complete with sirens.
.. and every time we hear "welcome to Gibraltar gentleman" as we came across the runway and past the pumps …. it all hits home and feels surreal at the same time! @gibraltarborder @InfoGibraltar @Convent_Gib ✌ pic.twitter.com/C2dYGoZAxC
— Blazing Saddles 5 (@Tower_to_Tower) July 31, 2018
Natasha Mason, Regional Fundraising Team Manager at The Fire Fighters Charity, said of the Blazing Saddles team: “They should be incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved. Riding such a huge distance is no mean feat and we could see just how hard it was from the team’s Twitter account. However, they can rest assured that every mile rode and every penny raised will make such a huge difference to our beneficiaries, allowing us to provide life-changing support to more deserving members of the UK fire services community. So well done Blazing Saddles, and thank you.”