Abigail E
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Abigail E

Tour de LGC

Abigail E
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Abigail E
27 Oct 2015

Our corporate partner LGC take on a cycling challenge with a difference - riding between all of their UK sites in 1 day to help us beat blood cancer...

Last month members of the Executive Leadership Team at LGC successfully completed their 'Tour de LGC' cycling challenge  - and their timings were pretty impressive!

Riders and walkers went from one LGC site to another starting at Brentwood and ending at Teddington, each group travelling to their nearest site.

The furthest distance travelled was cycled by Chief Executive, Tim Robinson, and  Mike van der Merwe (Commercial Director of Business Development) from Risley to Tamworth which was a staggering 95.53 miles. After washing down scrambled egg, two pancakes and various energy bars (all Informed-Sport accredited products, of course), with 3L of water, they managed to complete their leg in 5 hours and 43 minutes and their average speed was 16.7mph.

The shortest leg was from Twickenham to Teddington, 2 miles, and completed in 39 minutes – no mean feat considering one of the team was on crutches!

Riders also calculated the climbing of their route and Simon Parsons (Chief Financial Officer) and Mark Pearse (Commercial Director for LMS) had to cycle from Brentwood to Sandwich, which was a good 80.6 miles, at an elevation of 4,429 ft.

All in all it was a very successful charity event and each of the participants had a lot of fun raising money for Bloodwise.

Jon Yeung, Finance Director for LGC, said, “As we strive to raise as much money as we can for this very worthwhile cause, we are also working to increase awareness about leukaemia and lymphoma amongst our people as part of a wider focus on employee wellbeing. Many of our employees have a personal connection with leukaemia and lymphoma and know first-hand the devastating effect a diagnosis can have. We aim to provide ‘Science for a safer world’ using our cutting edge scientific technology and services to support such a pivotal research project”.