To mark our 75th anniversary, we’re asking you to take on your own 75 miles challenge to help support members of the fire services community in need. The distance is set, but how you get there is completely up to you.

Ian Roberts has gathered a team of friends and colleagues together to take part in one of three cycle rides he’s organised for his #My75Miles challenge; Easy, hard, and the ‘road’ route, all of which will start and finish at the Charity’s Marine Court centre in Littlehampton. Here, Ian explains why he’s supporting the Charity:

Ian’s 75 Miles page
“As the Physical Education Officer for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, I have seen how the Charity helps get people back to full duties. The treatment provided, programmes delivered and education they give enables individuals to recover from injury safely and correctly, avoiding re-injury due to incomplete or unsupervised rehabilitation. I have also witnessed individuals coming back from the Charity after some convalescence who come back totally refreshed and stress free.

“I have organised three cycle rides to encourage as many people as possible to sign up and raise some cash to keep the Charity doing the good work it carries out. I am especially looking forward to guiding a group through the countryside on a route I have planned from scratch. 75 miles on the road is hard for those not accustomed to it but the hard ‘off road’ route will be a very big challenge for everyone, not just because of the 10+ hours in the saddle but because there are some big hills along the route and we plan to do it unsupported.”

View the Easy Route – Sunday 23 September
View the Hard Route – Sunday 7 October
View the Road Route – Thursday 11 October
“Five of our Senior Leadership Team will be riding the ‘road route’ on the 11 October and I will accompany them in the safety van to provide support and assistance. We have to keep this as a small group due to traffic restrictions.”

Ian has opened up his easy and hard routes to members of the public, so if any keen mountain bikers would like to take part on either Sunday 23 September or Sunday 7 October please get in touch by emailing

“I have designed a hard and easy route to try and include as many people as possible but both routes will need a good level of fitness and experience on the bike because you will be in the saddle for eight to ten hours.”

If you’re taking part in the #My75Miles challenge, please let us know:

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