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Clarkson's wife in the saddle for injured veterans' bike ride
JEREMY Clarkson’s wife and manager Francie will join wounded military personnel as they complete a 250-mile bike ride.
Francie Clarkson will join the 30 riders on the last day of SR UK (Soldier Ride UK) which will see injured servicemen and women from Britain and the US tackle the distance over six days starting tomorrow.
Setting off from Windsor Castle, the cyclists will tackle between 30-50 miles a day, culminating in a ‘victory lap’ from Horse Guards Parade to the Tower of London on Friday.
The ride is supporting BLESMA, the charity supporting limbless veterans, which was set up after the First World War of 1914-18, and which has continued to support servicemen and women to look beyond their injuries and live fulfilling lives.
Mrs Clarkson will join the riders as they ride past the BBC’s Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome on the last day.
She is the daughter of Major Robert Henry Cain VC.
He served with the South Staffordshire Regiment during the Second World War and was awarded a VC for his bravery in the Battle of Arnhem.
She has been associated with the support of wounded service personnel for a number of years.
The mother-of-three, who lives near Chipping Norton, said: “I have only recently taken up cycling and, if I’m honest, am naturally more predisposed to watching people’s sporting endeavours from the safety of my armchair.
“But when I was offered the opportunity to get on my bike and get involved with this inspiring bike ride, how could I refuse?
“SR UK is a perfect occasion to engage with our trans-Atlantic counterparts, and a great excuse to get on a bike and enjoy the stunning backdrop of the English countryside.
“The riders, many on adapted cycles and hand bikes, will take enormous encouragement from the support you can offer by lining the road-side and cheering them on.
“So, whether it’s a sneaky break from work, your day off, or you happen to have a few spare minutes, do come out with family and friends and become a part of BLESMA’s glorious heritage.”
Formerly known as Soldier Ride, BLESMA has run the event in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project in the US for three years now.
BLESMA is the national charity for all limbless servicemen and women, their widows and dependants.
For more information on SR UK, please visit www.blesma.org/SR_ 2013
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