Isle uniformed services students prepare for next challenge

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Some 70 uniformed service students at the Isle campus of the College of West Anglia in Wisbech will be going back to the scene of one of their greatest charity challenges.

Earlier this year they completed a 302.5-mile trek from London’s Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

And now they plan on Monday, December 16, to take on the journey in reverse – but without leaving the shores of England.

Instead they will once again use facilities at the Hudson sports centre in Wisbech where they hope to raise in the order of £1,000.

Proceeds will go the RAF Benevolent Fund and with each student already paying £10 each for the privilege of taking part they are already well on the way to hitting their target.

The team of 70 students will run, swim and cycle the same distance as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to Marble Arch, starting with a cycling 194 miles on a cycling machine, swimming the equivalent of 22 miles across the “Channel” and then ending with 86.5 miles to “London”.

Their previous gruelling challenge was in May when they raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The uniformed services course at the Isle campus is one of its success stories, growing in numbers from just a handful a few years ago to around 70 students now.