Father and daughter complete cycle challenge
by Graham Tutthill
A father and daughter from Kingsdown who swapped the skies for
the open road have completed their 281-mile cycle ride from Manston
airport to RAF Scampton, home of the Red Arrows.
And they described the trip as “a mixture of misery and
Robert Brown, 50, and 16-year-old Amy have raised some £2,000
for the Jon Egging Trust, set up in memory of the Red Arrows pilot
who lost his life last summer.
Mr Brown is a qualified pilot at TG Aviation, based at Manston
Airport, and Amy is also training to beconme a pilot.
But they left their plane behind and took to the road for the
cycle ride which took them six days to complete.
When they arrived at RAF Scampton they were shown the Hawk
that carries the names of Red Arrows pilots Jon Egging and Sean
Cunningham on either side of the cockpit and Amy was presented with
a signed limited edition print of the aircraft and display
“We know the sacrifice of a week in the saddle and the sentiment
of what we did was welcomed by both the Red Arrows and Jon Egging
Trust,” said Mr Brown.
“I think what kept us going when it was really tough was knowing
the sacrifice that Jon Egging had made and that Amy was doing
something well outside of her comfort zone to help other
“It was hard work but also fun and we enjoyed each other’s
company. When I look at the map I continue to be amazed at the
distance we covered. I’d definitely do it again but at a warmer
time of the year!”
The Jon Egging Trust aims to give young people from
disadvantaged backgrounds new opportunities to help them achieve
Charles Buchanan, chief executive of Manston Airport, said: “We
are very pleased to have supported Robert and Amy in achieving
their goal. The Red Arrows are very important to Manston so last
year’s accidents affected us all.”
To donate to The Jon Egging Trust visit www.brownsbikeride.co.uk.
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