Submariner’s charity feats

The team beginning their cycle ride (Nicholas Mulholland second from the left).
The team beginning their cycle ride (Nicholas Mulholland second from the left).
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A ROYAL Navy submariner has completed a bike ride for two charities, raising thousands of pounds.

Nicholas Mulholland, 43, was one of eight cyclists who completed the 874-mile ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just 13 days, raising more than £2,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity, as well as the Islay Disabled Endeavours and Action Resource Centre.

Nicholas, from Sunderland and his team of cyclists, all from HMS Vanguard (Port), left their homeport of HM Naval Base Clyde in Scotland to get to their starting point at Land’s End.

Nicholas said: “We are delighted that we raised so much money for these good causes, in particular for the Islay Disabled Endeavours and Action Resource Centre. HMS Vanguard is affiliated with Islay and the charity is one which is very close to our hearts.”

Radio supervisor Nicholas said he was more than satisfied with his achievement. However, he did express the numerous difficulties both him and his team experienced:

“The first three-days of the journey were the worst because we had a 52 miler, 65 miler and 85 miles to cover.

“The leg of the journey around Inverness was also a challenge,

“According to weather reports, the head winds were over 60 miles per hour, so at times you felt as though you were standing still even though pedalling furiously.”

Nicholas, who is also a Petty Officer aboard HMS Vanguard, still lives in Sunderland with his partner Adele and their three children, Nancy, 10, Frances, nine ,and Theo, four.

Since joining the Royal Navy in 1997, Nicholas has travelled the globe visiting the likes of Bahrain, Dubai, Australia, Singapore, South Africa plus many more.

He has also picked up numerous awards for his hard work over a 15-year period including, the Gulf War Medal, Afghanistan Medal and two Jubilee Medals for his service.

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