Cotswolds Charity Cycle Event
On Sunday 17th May 2015 a team of cyclists from Finders Keepers took part in a 50 mile bike ride through the Cotswolds to raise money for our Charity of the Year 2015, The British Heart Foundation.
The team from Finders Keepers this year included; Alec Bayford, Ceri Holmes, Mark Nightingale, Richard Matthews, Dan Channer and Philip Channer and they managed to raise a total of £1,044, doubling their initial target of £500.
The ride this year was planned and organised by The British Heart Foundation. The route started and finished at Cheltenham race course taking our riders out through the Cotswolds past Broadway and Dumbleton. All of our riders managed to complete the cycle within the 4 hour point, with Bricks & Mortar’s Mark putting in an impressive time of 2 hours 49 minutes, earning him a top 10 finish.
We asked Alec Bayford, from the Finders Keepers Student letting team for his thoughts on the day and his reasons for wanting to get involved:
“Richard and I signed up together for the challenge and thought that it would be a good day. Ceri was bullied into it due to the peer-pressure in the office! We thought that it would be a fun way to get involved with some fundraising for the BHF. We did quite a few training rides after work, between 30 and 50k each time. We always ended up at the pub for a quick one before heading home though, a very important part in any training program!
“There were good and bad bits of the route; the really steep hill at the 10-mile point was interesting. I had loads of favourite moments throughout the day though, including the satisfaction of getting to the top of the hill without walking. The downhill parts that followed were also fun and the stunning views of the Cotswolds and the medal at the end all made for an excellent event.
“I would definitely take part again, and I would encourage more Finders Keepers team members to get involved. The day was really well organised – no waiting around at the start and the route was very well signposted no confusion of where to go. There was a good safety briefing at the start and excellent volunteer marshals. There were lots of families with kids out as well, so it was easy for anyone to do. It was overall a fantastic day.”
The whole team at Finders Keepers would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated, we have now doubled our target but it’s still not too late to donate though our just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Go-TeamFK
Today in the UK, around 480 people will go to hospital with a heart attack. About seven in ten will survive to return home; a figure which was unthinkable around 50 years ago before the British Heart Foundation’s pioneering research. We aim to raise funds to help them continue expanding their research programme, accelerating discovery and pushing for lifesaving benefits for all.