It will be far from quiet on western front

Mark Christopher, charity cyclist.
Mark Christopher, charity cyclist.

A Bo’ness soldier is taking part in a unique cycling challenge to commemorate both the commencement of hostilities and the Armistice which saw weapons laid down at the end of World War One.

Warrant Officer Class Two Mark Christopher, a serving soldier of 28 years, is also aiming to help raise funds for ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity.

Mark set off from London on Tuesday, August 4, exactly 100 years to the day after the outbreak of World War One, to ride to Compiegne in France, the location where the Armistice was famously signed four years later.

The event is backed by The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who said: “I am delighted to support Wheels on the Western Front, an event in aid of The Soldiers Charity, which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.”

Mark said: “I am looking forward to this event which is a challenging ride across England and France.

“It will raise funds for a fantastic cause and I am delighted to support The Soldiers’ Charity.

“I’ve seen first hand how it supports all soldiers in need.”

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Mark’s ride starts in London and takes him to Dover.

He will then cycle along the French coast from Calais to Nieuwpoort in Belgium where the trenches meet the sea.

He then turns inland to Ypres, where a wreath will be laid at the Menin Gate.

From there Mark will travel via Passchendaele to the Vimy War Memorial.

The last two days see Mark visiting the Somme, before concluding his epic trip in the forest glade on the edge of Compiegne.