So the Tour de Playgroup, our annual charity bike ride, is over for another year and we’re already missing the banter in the studio. This year, as last, there were no sprint finishes, no chasing peloton, no fanfares or winners medals, just three very tired looking guys coasting wearily to a halt near Brighton Pier. After a couple of late withdrawals numbers were down a little on 2014. I myself had broken a couple of fingers the week before which would have prevented me from applying the brakes safely.
So it was left to Paul, Jonathan and Tim to fly the flag for Playgroup. Once again we are all in complete awe of the commitment, dedication and sheer physical effort that they showed in completing the 75 mile ride in little over 7 hours. I think at this point they’d like me to point out that they did stop for 3 cups of coffee, 2 punctures and 1 photo opportunity at the top of the notoriously steep Ditchling Beacon. It’s also safe to say that they took a somewhat scenic route to the coast – check it out if you fancy emulating the challenge.
This year we were raising funds on behalf of Bowel Cancer UK, a charity that sadly has particular relevance for us this year. Do read Jon’s blog to find out more about why we are supporting BCUK and about the great work that they are doing in raising awareness of bowel cancer, particularly amongst younger patients. So far we’ve raised nearly £1,500. Thank you all so much for your support, kind words and of course, generous donations. We couldn’t have done it without you. For anyone that hasn’t sponsored us and would like to do so, our JustGiving page is still open.
And so the planning begins for next year and the Tour de Playgroup 2016. Who knows where we’ll go, or how long it will take, but one things for sure, we know we’ll enjoy the ride…
Find out more about the important work of Bowel Cancer UK