Injured servicemen in cycling challenge across Norfolk and Suffolk set off from Southwold on latest stage

Amputee servicemen or ex servicemen on a charity cycle ride for the Soldier Ride UK Challenge.

Amputee servicemen or ex servicemen on a charity cycle ride for the Soldier Ride UK Challenge.

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They are cyclists who are bravely battling on after suffering horrendous and life-changing injuries serving for their queen and their president.

And yesterday people in and around Southwold got a chance to see the group of inspirational armed services personnel and veterans from Britain and America taking part in a 250-mile bike ride.

All the cyclists have lost limbs or suffered serious injuries and they used modified bikes and hand cycles to set off from Southwold’s North Parade just after 10am on the Soldier Ride UK Challenge en route to London.

The gruelling six-day bike ride, which started in Sandringham, Norfolk, on Saturday, is raising the awareness of the challenges that service personnel face after being injured and is modelled in the Wounded Warrior Project in America.

Paul Hagan, 51, lost both of his legs after he was in an accident while serving in the Royal Navy and said the bike ride was helping his rehabilitation process as he begins to focus on living the rest of his life without his lower limbs.

He said: “The bike ride is a really good idea and it is definitely helping me. It is nice to see us Brits with the Americans together. We make a good team.”

The second Soldier Ride UK Challenge was organised by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association (Blesma) and the Wounded Warrior Project. Their final destination is Greenwich, London, which they are due to reach on Thursday.

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