Cupar man to cycle 1000 miles for air force charity

Bob Lander
Bob Lander

An ex RAF man is today (Friday) starting an epic cycle journey from Lands End to John O’Groats.

Cupar man Bob Lander, who recently retired after 44 years in the RAF, is aiming to complete the journey which covers the length of the UK in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The 62-year-old considers himself to have been incredibly lucky throughout his career, but knows that others have been less so and need assistance.

So he decided to take on the challenge and use it to raise money for the charity to ensure those individuals who need help are supported.

Bob aims to raise £2000 through his ride, which is due to end on May 24.

Bob was due to arrive in Penzance yesterday (Thursday) before a short ride to Lands End for the start of his cycle today.

After planned night stops in the vicinity of Looe, Exmouth, Chew Stoke (near Bristol), Leominster, Warrington, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carlisle, Hamilton, Glencoe, Inverness and Altnaharra, Bob hopes to arrive in John O’Groats on Tuesday, May 24.

He said: “The cycle will be of about 1000 miles.

“This means my bike’s wheels should turn approximately three quarters of a million times – frightening!”

Flt Lt Greg Lings has volunteered to ride with Bob, and the two used to fly search and rescue sea kings together at Leconfield some 20 years ago.

To follow Bob’s ride or to donate to the cause visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RobertLander.