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Countess of Wessex is busy in training for the 445 mile #DofEChallenge

The Countess of Wessex is now just six weeks away from the start of her Diamond Challenge on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh Award to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the DoE’s founding by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Her Royal Highness, a long-term supporter of the DoE Award, is set to cycle the 445 miles from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Buckingham Palace, setting off from Edinburgh on Monday, 19 September and arriving in London on Sunday, 25 September.

The challenge aims to raise money for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Diamond Appeal and the funds will go towards supporting (in particular) disadvantaged and disabled young people to gain access to participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

In a video shared by the Buckingham Palace Twitter account the Countess spoke during a recent training session:

In the short video the Countess spoke candidly about the experience thus far saying: ‘I think if you’d told me a few months ago that I would be able to cycle 60 miles in one go I would have laughed, but here I am doing 60 miles. It’s been hard and there have definitely been moments when I have wondered what on earth I have decided to do!’

Of the team that will surround her for the challenge said: ‘They are all experienced cyclists, I am not, they know what they’re doing, I don’t. They know how to get me from one point to the next…they’re providing a lot of chat to distract me, and a lot of encouragement up the hills. And it’s great because we’ve cycled quite a lot together now which is really nice because they’re all from all points of the country and they’re really just there to get me from A to B and they’ve been incredible and huge enthusiasts and to be honest with you I could not be doing this now if it wasn’t for them.’

The Countess’s small team of seven includes representatives from four of her regiments: 5th Battalion The Rifles; RAF Wittering; Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and Corps of Army Music.

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