Charity Cycle Raises over £1,500 for WellChild!

October 20th, 2011

Team Q completed their charity cycle ride from Stoke to Glasgow over the weekend of the 7th to 10th October and there was some fantastic support for the trip with people’s generous donations raising over £1,500 for WellChild. Below is a short insight into what it takes to cycle that far.

The team of Team Q cyclists; Steve Faulkner, Sid Newbon & Robert Lynch were joined by newcomer Andrew Gallacher on the 3rd leg of the charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats.   This leg would take 3.5 days and travel 280 miles from the TEPS offices in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent via Manchester, Preston, Lancaster, Kendall, Penrith, Carlisle, Gretna, Lockerbie, Moffat, Abington & Hamilton finally ending at the Turner Group HQ in Govan, Glasgow.

Training had started almost 12 months ago after the previous leg was completed.  Steve regularly cycles 40-50 miles on a Saturday and the others all put in regular training.   When it actually came around the trip had a number of challenges in addition to the distance; such as navigating city centres in Stoke & Manchester (well done to Rob and the reliable iphone4), the hills of the Lake District and Southern Scotland, and the weather.  Logistical support was provided as ever by Derek Maggs, who apparently had another tough time cheering us on from the warm, dry and comfortable car with his favourite phrase being “you boys don’t understand how hard it is”, but it is Derek who keeps our spirits up and our water bottles full for which we are always grateful.

We received tremendous support at both the start and finish, and our thanks go out to all those who wished us well and donated money to WellChild, a very deserving cause. The trip was completed on schedule, with no punctures or major incidents, and Andrew managed to make it through the hills on his first major long distance outing. Given that he works in the Craigton Road office we half expected him to do a Mark Cavendish at the finish and make a sprint for the line on home soil.

Particular highlights were the 10 mile climb up and over Shap in the Lake District, receiving updates from the Just Giving website as the total raised kept going up, the fantastic send off at Trentham and the welcome in Govan.

We are aiming to finish the job and go all the way to John’O Groats and raise more money next year.   There are plenty more hills and lots of dodgy weather between Glasgow and John O’Groats, Derek will be pleased!