Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Essex firefighter charity cycle for Macmillan

Essex firefighter Rob Sherwin is taking on one of the toughest cycle rides in the UK to raise money for charity.

Rob, who is based at Great Baddow Fire Station, is taking part in the “Devil Dragon” long distance cycle ride in South Wales this June. He is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity close to his heart after losing two close family members to cancer last year.

The route is 190 miles long, involves 4900m of vertical ascent and includes the ominously-titled ‘Devil’s Staircase’ – a gruelling 430 metre climb over 1.2km.

Rob said:

“I am a keen cyclist and have taken part in three previous ‘Dragon Rides’ in South Wales which were 141 miles long. This year I really wanted to push myself and have chosen to ride the longest route which is 190 miles.

“I am raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support after losing my step-father and uncle to cancer last year. Macmillan are an amazing charity and I hope the money I raise for them can help bring support to families affected by cancer.

“I hope to complete the ride in less than 12 hours but that’s very much depends on the weather – I quite often hit nearly 60mph coming down these hills but if it’s wet then caution prevails!”

To support Rob, you can sponsor him here:

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