Seven days of pain to raise charity cash

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A team of five men will soon be taking on four marathons and three 110 mile cycle rides in just seven days.

This spring a team of five men, four from the Royal Air Force will be attempting this amazing feat of endurance beginning at Land’s End and culminating at the finish line of the Milton Keynes Marathon on May 6 at Stadium MK, all to raise money for charity.

The idea for the challenge came from friends Aaron Day, a barber and Corporal Michael Gambling, an instructor in the Royal Air Force. Together they devised a challenge that would push them beyond their limits both mentally and physically.

Corporal Matt Nowicki, Corporal Al Peirce and Senior Aircraftsman Andrew McNevin will join them to make up the five man team.Alternating between running and cycling, the team will push themselves to the extreme, covering a huge total of 434.8 miles each.

Corporal Gambling, stationed at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire, said: “This challenge has never been done before. We’ll be pushing not just our bodies to the limit but also our will to succeed. The team have been training hard but even so the amount of strain placed on our bodies over the seven days will be immense. Finishing at the Milton Keynes Marathon is pretty exciting – most of us are or have been stationed at RAF Halton so it will feel like we are on home ground. I hope we get a lot of support from the crowd.”

The five men will attempt their challenge, aptly named ‘Seven Days of Pain’ in order to raise money for and awareness of two charities; The RAF Benevolent Fund and the Connor Wright Shwachman Diamond Project.

The extreme challenge for the five men will follow a strict plan:

Day 1- Start at Land’s End and will run along the costal footpath covering 26.2 miles.

Day 2- The first day on the bicycles cycling from Porthleven to Falmouth Dock, then on to St Mawes via ferry crossing and then cycling to Dartmouth covering a total 110 miles.

Day 3 - Run along the coastal paths from Dartmouth to the Dawlish ferry covering 26.2 miles.

Day 4 - After crossing on the ferry to Exmouth, cycling to Andover covering 110 miles.

Day 5- Starting at Andover and running through Newbury finishing at Compton and covering 26.2 miles.

Day 6 - The final cycle from Compton to Milton Keynes, via RAF Uxbridge, RAF Halton and Bicester covering 110 miles.

Day 7- The Milton Keynes Marathon covering 26.2 miles.

The team can be followed online on Facebook, Twitter and their Blog. The Seven Days of Pain team are counting on Milton Keynes for support after the great turn out of spectators at this event last year. To donate or sponsor please go to;

Four sponsorship opportunities are also available. Corporate logos will be printed onto the front and back of each participant’s T-shirt in return for sponsorship of the event.