On 19 May, Area Director for the RAF Benevolent Fund, Baz Dale, joined hundreds of cyclists taking part in the inaugural Glasgow Nightrider.
Baz (47), a keen cyclist, decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force by not only taking to the saddle, but completing the 50km challenge on a Brompton Bike.
Baz said: “I survived! It was a longer night than I was expecting. I started at 0100 in the morning with a small group of mixed abilities, but ended up cycling most of it on my own, and finished just before 0500. The route was not always clear – not enough arrows on signposts! – but the biggest problem was having to stop at traffic lights so often in the city centre! That probably added about a quarter of the time to my effort. I completed 52km – including a wee detour – in 3 hours and 42 minutes.
“It’s really important for me to undertake an event like this – we have thousands of supporters doing incredible things for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity, so it was only fair for me to give something back to. I am constantly amazed by the lengths people go to for us – all of which helps us support the RAF Family emotionally and financially. I served in the RAF myself, only leaving last year as a Wing Commander at RAF Linton on Ouse so I fully appreciate now more than ever the great work that the Fund undertakes for serving personnel, veterans and their families too.”
Baz raised more than £250; to help him generate even more, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BazDaleBromptonCycleChallenge.