Humberside firefighters’ epic ‘ultra-cycle’ to promote mental health

Firefighters from Humberside Fire and rescue service have completed an incredible charity challenge overnight cycling 270 miles in just 24 hours as they visited all 32 fire stations in the area.

The team of 13 who are part of the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) Sports and Welfare Cycling Club embarked on the gruelling ‘ultra-cycle’ to raise money for Mind (Hull and East Yorkshire branch).

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The team had already raised an impressive £2500 for charity before they set off and this amount has now more than doubled, smashing their £3000 target.

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The riders were greeted at the stations they passed through, here with a little reminder of the distance they were travelling
The riders were greeted at the stations they passed through, here with a little reminder of the distance they were travelling

The riders were from across the service and set off from the headquarters in Hessle at 4.30am on Saturday morning.

The group were emulating the achievements of a group of HFRS staff who in July 1996 undertook a challenge to cycle to all 31 fire stations in the brigade within 24 hours.

This year the group of staff, friends and ex-members of staff cycled to the now 32 stations on June 19 – one of the longest days of the year (They said: “It’s definitely going feel like it!”).

After setting off on Saturday, the riders took in 435km of our region in a route that took them through East Riding, North Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

They completed their challenge in the early hours of this morning.



There were a few punctures along the way but the team completed their challenge early this morning
There were a few punctures along the way but the team completed their challenge early this morning

All sponsorship money from the ride is going to the local Mind team for their amazing work which the service says provides: “advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem”.

Each station welcomed the group as they passed through, with refreshments and words of encouragement.

Paul Wainwright, firefighter at Scunthorpe Fire Station, is one of the organisers of the event and will be riding on the day, he explained what gave him the idea to host an ‘ultra-cycle’.

He said: “I have an interest in long-distance cycling and I know there are a lot of keen cyclists within the Service.

“It seemed like an obvious idea to do the event while raising money for a good cause at the same time.”

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Mind has supported with the training for HFRS’s Blue Light Champions; a group of staff volunteers who are available to provide wellbeing support to other staff in times of need.

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The Sports and Welfare Association is open to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service employees and their families and provides access to clubs, societies and service gyms (Covid-19 restrictions currently apply).

For more information about the Ultra-Cycle Challenge or to donate click here.