As strong supporters and sponsors of The Lighthouse Club, Avonside staff asked themselves, “what better way to fundraise for such an important cause than to take on a cycle challenge?!”
Their cycling champions included Area Director for Scotland, Chris McLean, Group SHEQ Manager, Sarah Burke and Finance Director, Nick Tappin, who all thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the 100-mile 2019 Prudential RideLondon on 4 August after months of training and hard work.
The event was well organised with a brilliant atmosphere. Speaking about the experience, Chris said:
“A 04:45am alarm call made for a very early start to the day. Fortunately, the sun was shining and there was very little wind.
“We covered the first 40 miles with ease, enjoying the closed roads and sights of London. When we reached the lanes and hills of Surrey the roads were pretty congested as you would expect with 47,000 riders taking part. There were a few delays at that point but once we had passed this section, and after a few food stops, we really enjoyed the final 20 miles back into London on fast roads with lots of encouragement from the crowds.
“We were delighted to finish safely on the Mall with no punctures or injuries.”
“Riding through London and passing the sights with the roads closed to traffic, never stopping for a light or junction was awesome!”
Meanwhile, Sarah reckons every mile was worth it and is thrilled that the Avonside team raised over £900 in donations from friends and colleagues.
Donations can still be made online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-burke13 or by texting: Tile91 to 70070.