The long ride of the law

Officers stop for a photo just before arriving back in Gibraltar.
Officers stop for a photo just before arriving back in Gibraltar. / A.B.
  • A team of Royal Gibraltar Police officers used pedal power to get from Portugal to the Rock in aid of charity

Gibraltar Police officers are celebrating after raising more than £4,000 for charity by cycling from Faro to the Rock.

The team of ten officers cycled approximately 430km during the four-day trip that took place between 7 and 10 November.

During the last 20km of the fundraiser the officers were joined by around 16 local cyclists, including the Commissioner of Police Ian McGrail, as they cycled back to Gibraltar.

Locals then gave the officers a warm welcome home as they pedalled into Casemates Square to complete the challenging ride.

Under the banner of "It's Coming Home" the officers set off from the Estadio do Algarve in Faro, where the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) has been hosting its home international games until recently.

The officers stayed overnight in Cartaya, Aznalcázar and Paterna de Rivera before arriving in Gibraltar.

Organiser PC Donovan Galia, told SUR in English: "It was heart-warming to see local riders meeting us along the way and accompanying us in the final stretch into Gibraltar. However the most emotional moment was the ride into Casemates, to the applause of our community, colleagues, friends and family, without a shadow of a doubt a memory that I shall cherish.

"A very special thanks to our community who have donated generously in aid of the mentioned charities. Now it's back to the drawing board to plan our next charitable event!"

Good causes

The funds raised during the trip will be split between several charities: Cancer Relief, the Red Cross, the Club House Gibraltar, Prostate Cancer and the Gibraltar Senior Citizens Association.

It's hoped the final total raised will be in excess of £5,000 once all sponsorship money has been collected.