Two members of Bizspace’s senior management team have completed a ride of a lifetime to raise more than £3,000 for charity.
Managing director of the flexible business space specialist, Gareth Evans, together with the firm’s building surveyor, Andrew Ainsworth, braved 190 miles and two days in the saddle to raise the impressive sum.
The pair both enjoy cycling as a pastime and began more intensive training earlier this year to prepare for taking part in the Mitie London Revolution event – the longest route either had yet tackled.
“I was very nervous beforehand, but, as it turned out, the pace of the event was somewhat more sociable than in training and combined with good nutrition and hydration, we managed to keep going,” Gareth said.
“The hard work paid off as the ride went much better than I’d expected – especially given some killer hills to contend with.”
Andrew agreed: “I had never done two days of extended riding back-to-back so it was an unknown, and I was concerned about running out of energy. Luckily, I was fine once I got back in the saddle on the second day.
“The hardest part was the constant effort you had to put in, pedalling for more than seven hours each day. There was a fantastic atmosphere, though, and everyone encouraged you to keep going.”
Gareth was raising money for The Alzheimers Society as his mum has the condition, while Andrew chose to support Parkinson’s UK because his father is a sufferer. The combined total raised now stands at £3,300 – smashing the pair’s target of £1,500.
The London Revolution is a route around the capital, which takes in the iconic climb up Box Hill, made famous at the 2012 Olympics, as well as a home run through the city itself and over the impressive spectacle of Tower Bridge.
Bizspace, headquartered in Finchley, North London, is one of the UK’s leading providers of flexible business accommodation.