Catterick soldier rides coast to coast challenge for charity

Ben Westcott at the start of the challenge.

A serving soldier completed an epic 200km coast to coast challenge for charity in less than 24 hours at the weekend.

Ben Wescott took on the off-road ride to raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

Ben and wife Harriet chose the charities after their eldest son Josh underwent life-saving surgery while he was based in the Midlands.

Ben said: “Josh was born with a relatively rare condition whereby the plates in his head fused early, restricting the growth of his skull and causing pressure on his brain.

“It is difficult to say how he would have ended up if he hadn’t received the amazing care which he got at Birmingham Children’s Hospital but it is fair to assume that he wouldn’t be the happy little boy he is today.

“It’s thanks to the team of surgeons and nurses who completely remodelled his skull that Josh is leading a normal life with his brother and sister, and we all want to say thank you to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

Ben Westcott in training for the coast to coast ride with two of his children.

The route took the soldier and fellow fundraisers along 200km through the Lake District and North Pennines on roads, trails and mountain paths.

They set off from Workington on Saturday morning and finished completed the challenge in Seaham in 21 hours at 2am on Sunday.

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