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HMS Richmond Completes 10,500 Mile Charity Challenge
Friday - November 27, 2015
A five man team, from HMS Richmond, covered 10,500 miles while on a nine month deployment to the Gulf and raised £2,000 to split between the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Prostate Cymru. 

They’ve run, rowed and cycled the distance to India and back helping raise money for charity along the way.

While many sailors take their physical training very seriously, this small team pushed their bodies to the max by running, rowing and cycling the distance from the UK to the furthest point of their deployment and back again.

Aware of the length of time Richmond would be away from home waters, Chief Petty Officer Tim Cox set about developing a challenge to raise money for charity.

He said: “Deploying for nine months is a long time; it’s important to keep fit and stay motivated, I wanted to stretch a physical challenge over the entire period, with the aim of raising as much money for charity as possible.

“I realised that with a small team of five it would be possible to collectively run, row and cycle 10,500 miles, the distance to India and back.”

The team made use of the onboard treadmills, rowers and bicycles to complete the challenge. 

Leading Seaman Taff O’Connell, the youngest member of the charity challenge team, said it was tough but good fun.

He added: “That was the hardest challenge I have done during a deployment, it required real discipline to put in the miles. But raising money for charity made it all worthwhile.”

Sub Lieutenant Tom Stapley-Bunten, also took part in the event, he said: “Finding time to put the miles in was the hardest part. I had to push myself every day to complete my contribution, 300 miles of rowing, 500 miles of running and 1,300 miles of cycling.”

HMS Richmond has just completed her contribution to Operation Sophia, the European led operation to tackle the migration crisis in the Mediterranean where she was involved in several rescues.

The frigate is due in to Portsmouth before Christmas.

Photo: L to R: SLt Tom Stapley-Bunten, CPO Tim Cox, Lt Cdr Jim Sampson, PO Robbie Doyle and LS Taff O’Connell

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HMS Richmond was granted the Freedom of the Borough in 1996 and the ship’s company last exercised Freedom rights in February 2005 when it marched through the town’s streets. It also maintains a close liaison with the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) and is affiliated to one of Richmond’s ancient guilds – the Company of Mercers, Grocers and Haberdashers. More here

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