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Five Hundred Miles in Five Days - the endurance challenge of Eston’s Officer

12 July 2013 - 12:36pm
| by Gaby

The sun comes out for Captain Gary's ride

Captain Gary Chaundy, of Eston Salvation Army, is to undertake a cycling challenge that will see him ride a hundred miles a day from the North-Eastern town to Paris, France, in an attempt to raise funds for the Corps, or Church.

“We’re aiming to do about a hundred miles a day,” says Captain Gary. “It’s tough, because doing a hundred miles on a bike a day is an ultimate aim in itself – the equivalent of doing a marathon. Doing that five days on the bounce is tough but it’s worth it – considering what we could do with the money.”

With his wife Lorraine, also a Captain, Gary ministers to Eston, just outside of Middlesbrough, and they offer various services to the local community – from parent and toddler groups, to financial help through programmes like the CAP money management scheme and support with social and spiritual issues.

All money raised will go directly to the Corps community fund, which will be used to help finance the youth programme, as well as provide for an increased need in practical support, such as emergency food parcels. Captain Gary is aiming for £2,500 as his target and has so far raised just over half of that – he would love to smash the target!

Captain Gary is aiming for £2,500 as his target

He joins such fundraising luminaries in The Salvation Army as Andy Peddle, currently walking around the UK to raise funds for the organisation. Funding its mission, using whatever resources possible, has always been a part of The Salvation Army’s work. From selling the War Cry on the streets to these modern day challenges, a large amount of The Salvation Army’s ability to do its work stems from donations.

The ride will take place from August 12  to August 19, and Gary and the two friends, raising money for different causes, attending with him hope to have a grand finish in Paris along the Champs-Elysées.

There were some drizzly days too during training

“It’s a daunting challenge,” He admits. “But if cycling to Paris is uncomfortable, it’s nothing compared to the lives of those who are in discomfort day in and day out; those for who, getting through a week is a simple act of endurance.”

You can find out more about Captain Gary’s ride at and sponsor him at

Gary is happy to be contacted directly for more information by telephone – 01642 440834/ 07970 494687


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