Record-Breaking Kayaker Sets New Record on Charity European Motorcycle Trek
A British former soldier and world-record breaking kayaker has set yet another record after completing an epic 15,000-mile (24,140km) motorcycle trek around Europe for charity.
Pete Bray, 58, of 22 SAS, reached a total of 25 European Union capital cities under the code-name ‘Triumph over Tragedy’.
Having only passed his motorcycling test in December 2013 Pete, along with fellow ex-serviceman Harry Glover, took on the gruelling trek to promote the Armed Forces charities BLESMAand Soldiers off the Street, along with the Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
He said, “My previous treks were on the water, and with the amount of rain we had perhaps it would have been easier to do it in a kayak at times.
“We also had to deal with long days, with the longest one being 26 hours when we travelled from Berlin to Stockholm.
“But it was all worth it for the experience and to be able to say I was the first to complete such a massive trek.”
BLESMA provides ex-soldiers with valuable help and support, giving them the tools needed to regain their independence following the loss of limbs.
Soldiers off the Street provides food, shelter and other support for vulnerable soldiers of all ages who have returned from active duty and are in need of assistance in getting back on their feet.
The Alder Hey Children’s Charity offers life-saving medical equipment and care for critically-ill children, providing everything they need to deal with illness.
The expedition was been entirely self-funded, with the support of their families and friends. As such, they have spent all but one night of their trip sleeping out on the streets.
As a former serviceman, Pete knows all too well the dangers that soldiers face both on the battlefield and when they return home.
Pete said, “As our budget didn’t stretch to five-star hotels we spent every night literally out on the streets, sleeping in service stations to look after our bikes.
“Here in England we’d have been moved on if we’d stayed longer than two hours, but they were far more accommodating on the continent.
“One piece of advice I would give would be to bring lots of cash for the toll booths. We thought the UK was the only country that didn’t use the Euro, but we were very wrong.”
Between Friday 1 August 2014 and Saturday 23 2014, Harry Glover and Pete Bray reached London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Athens, Madrid, Lisbon and Dublin.
Links for Reference
Triumph over Tragedy Official Website – http://www.triumphovertragedy.co.uk/
Triumph over Tragedy Route Page – http://www.triumphovertragedy.co.uk/route/
Triumph over Tragedy on Facebook – www.facebook.com/triumphovertragedyuk/
Triumph over Tragedy on Twitter – https://twitter.com/TriumphTragedy/
BLESMA – http://www.blesma.org/
Soldiers off the Street – http://www.soldiersoffthestreet.org/
Alder Hey Children’s Charity – http://www.alderheycharity.com/
Anyone interested in donating to any of the chosen charities should visit the Triumph over Tragedy website athttp://www.triumphovertragedy.co.uk/sponsors.
For more information about the Triumph over Tragedy initiative please see the following videos:
Interview with Harry Glover – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9WPfLgKLvY
Triumph over Tragedy launch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ6gTinPMcU
Interview with the motorcyclists – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXdvbwpdNjU