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VGC bikeathon trio increase their company's fundraising total to nearly £3K

Zena W
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01 Sep 2014

Mark Nunn, Paul Hambidge and Matt Dean did the London Bikeathon yesterday, and brought the VGC fundraising total for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to £2,790.

The intrepid trio of Mark Nunn, Paul Hambidge and Matt Dean did the London Bikeathon yesterday, and brought the VGC fundraising total for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to £2,790.

They certainly earned every penny of their sponsorship. Mark had a puncture 65 miles into his 100 mile ride, but worse was to come: his bicycle broke three miles from the finish so he had to walk the rest of the way, after more than seven hours in the saddle. He is feeling the strain today!

Paul’s ride was shorter, but not without its own interest, when, around 30 miles into the route, a large group of cyclists couldn't find the orange 52-mile ride signs, and got lost. They did manage to find their way back, via an unscheduled detour through Hyde Park, as well as their planned route through Richmond Park, and he competed 54 miles or so in four hours.

Matt feels fine after his successful 26 miles in 2 hours 20 minutes. His main difficulty was the traffic, which also added to Paul’s challenges. Because the charity wasn’t able to close the roads, the cyclists had to stop at every red traffic light and pedestrian crossing, as well as negotiate all the London traffic and the odd pothole.

However, the camaraderie between thousands of riders of all shapes and sizes, with great weather and lots of support from spectators, meant it was a happy, though tiring, day. And the sums raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research made it all more than worthwhile – thank you to everyone who sponsored and supported them.

There's more about their ride on the VGC website.