On the evening of Saturday 20th September the 16 members of the ‘DBD Wheelers’ arrived at Olympic Park, Stratford ready for the ‘London – Brighton Night Cycle Challenge’.
The ride is well known and many have achieved the goal of riding the 100km route, but in the dark, with first time riders, not knowing if they would manage to finish, it was a demanding team and individual challenge to undertake.
Fully supported along the route with food and drink stops, our team left London as a group at 10.30pm.
For some it would be a six and a half hour journey, for others it would be over nine hours. For everyone it had both ups and downs. For many the highlight was reaching the top of Ditchling Beacon, the highest point in East Sussex, at 248 metres above sea level, whilst the low point was reaching Brighton Pier, only to find they had to cycle back uphill for 1.5 miles to the finish line at the Racecourse!
In total the ‘DBD Wheelers’ as a team covered 1600km. They experienced punctures and muscle cramps, tears of joy and tears of pain. Even a near-miss with a taxi! But they described the experience in many ways; Great fun, Emotional. The longest hours of my life. A brilliant personal achievement. Great teamwork, Proud.
Some of comments from our team:
“It was amazing, I would definitely do it again” – Racheal Hicks, Sales Support Coordinator DBD
“I felt a great sense of achievement and cycling alongside my team really spurred me on”
– Lee Stanier, Design Executive DBD
“Experience of a lifetime” – Emma Wingrove, Resource Planner, DBD
With generous support from Family, Friends, Colleagues, Suppliers and Customers, the team raised over £5700. An amazing result!!
For 2014 & 2015, DBD are working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. A number of our loved ones have been and continue to be affected by cancer and we wanted to help. Each day over 900 people are diagnosed with cancer and the work of Macmillan helps to support and care for many of those.
The £5700 we have raised so far will help to fund a Macmillan Nurse for 228 hours, a wonderful achievement.
If you would like to donate please go to https://www.justgiving.com/dbdwheelers/ or if you would like to donate by text, it’s easy. Just write a text containing DBDD99, the amount you wish to donate and send the text to 70070. Or if you would like to find out more about Macmillan please visit their website by clicking here www.macmillan.org.uk
The achievement has spurred some to further action. We have a colleague running the London Marathon in April 2015 and more participating in cycle and running challenges in the Summer. Your support will be much appreciated and we will keep you updated!