Dave Gibson – Cycling Home for Christmas (5000 miles)

24th December 2019

He would ride 5000 miles just to get to Castaway House.

Dave is a former Royal Marines Warrant Officer who was discharged from the Service after completing close to 29 years of “undetected crime” in the Corps.

Employed for the last 7 years as one of the RNBT Grant Administrators he decided to try and keep fit by joining the Royal Marines Association Cycle Club, nothing to do with the Royal Marines penchant for dressing up in lycra he assures us!

He has completed one or two long distance challenges the longest of which has been a ride of 173 miles ride from the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone in Devon to the “Yomper” on Southsea seafront which he completed together with a number of other former RMs in 11 hours 14 mins on 20 Jul 19.

In order to try and keep this newly acquired cycle fitness Dave foolishly decided to enter a challenge on Strava which required the completion of 5,000 miles in a year to entitle the competitor to wear a T shirt proclaiming the fact – a dubious honour for the hard work required to achieve the distance.

Dave has now achieved his goal, albeit far too slowly for his liking. At times the thought of getting battery assistance to speed the process up has looked very appealing!

With the sudden illness of his office colleague, Sam, it has become slightly more difficult to get the mileage in and Dave has been getting up early doors to try and complete 20 miles on the bike prior to starting work.

Dave completed the challenge of the 5,oooth mile coming into Castaway House on Christmas Eve prior to going on leave, thereby allowing  Dave’s very sore derriere some much needed rest.