On the 2nd April, after 4 hours sleep in a YHA (which was a challenge in itself!) 18 cyclists set off from a cold, wet and dark Brecon Beacons to ride the 127 miles back to our Abingdon office. A hard enough task in itself with over 7,000 feet of climbing, but there was an added twist….we had two of our Pashley bikes in tow which were to be ridden the whole distance. For those that don’t know, a Pashley bike is a ‘old fashioned’ shopping bike with a basket and weighs 22.5 kg!
The team was made up of members of the Outdoor Traders Race Team, who Breckon & Breckon sponsor, along with two members of the cycling club, one being me.
Several hours later…actually many…we arrived back in Abingdon to a wonderful reception – one Pashley was ‘missing in action’ but we’d made it!
Funds had been raised online and through a raffle supported by many of the local businesses and after a quick change (and shower) we were back in the evening for the charity raffle.
The whole purpose was to raise funds for Blue Skye Thinking, a local charity supporting research and treatment for childhood brain tumours. I was fortunate enough to meet Andrew, Skye’s father, when we were planning the event and he’s an incredibly resilient and inspirational individual doing some great work in raising awareness and much needed funding to give these children a better chance of survival and a better quality of life post-treatment.
In total we raised £6435…a staggering amount and thank you to everyone who supported us.
More information can be found at their website www.blueskyethinking.org