Army veterans hit the road from Cams Hall in Fareham Hants, at the start of a 650-mile bike ride to raise money for Help for Heroes and other charities.
Private Derek Derenalagi, cycling for the first time since losing both legs in an explosion while serving in Helmand in 2007, led the peleton for the five day tour of southern England, as part of his training for the 2012 Paralympics. The 35-year-old Fijian now living in Hertfordshire – is already the world’s fourth best paralympic shot putter.
Tour organisers HIVH Events chose to start and finish at the historic mansion operated by Parallel Business Centres (PBC) because of the area’s long military and naval associations. Parallel and its parent company the Wilky Group have been supporting Help for Heroes since 2008 and have helped raise more than £100,000 so far, said PBC’s managing director Sandra Leslie.