Team cycle from London to Manchester in 24 hours!
Four determined (and perhaps crazy!) cyclists took on the challenge to cycle from London Bridge Station to Manchester Victoria Station and onto Manchester Arena – within 24 hours! The team made up of Rail Delivery Group, South Western and British Transport Police staff, decided to take the challenge on to raise money for RBF.
Team leader Mark Newton, of RDG explained why; “We are riding for Railway Benefit Fund who support anyone linked to the railway in time of need, serving or retired. We hope to make money for colleagues in times of need.”
Before peddling off from London, the team were met by British Transport Police who were involved in the London Bridge terror attack, along with the RBF fundraising team. The BTP staff waved the cyclists off and wished them luck for the next 24 hours.
The cyclists and their two support drivers made sure to stay in touch with the team at RBF – especially as the light started to fade, although this gave them a little light relief from the blazing sun!
There were points where tenacity and determination was tested but the cyclists pushed through and even enjoyed parts of the challenge. One in particular being the 1am McDonalds breakfast – before going on to enjoy the sunrise across The Peak District.
They arrived in Manchester just before 11am with over an hour left to spare to complete the 24-hour time limit they gave themselves. Arriving into Manchester Victoria Station and the Manchester Arena, they were welcomed in by British Transport Police and Railway staff who were a great support in the terror attacks.
The team raised an amazing £1,147!