So it all began with a simple idea earlier this year: ‘hey, why don’t we do the London to Brighton Bike Ride?’ and then before we knew it the team was formed that would take on the epic 54-mile bike riding event.

Meet the team

Our heroes that are taking on the challenge are Andrew Scales, Steve Hiley, Alex Millard, Gary MacDonald, Paul Hanton and Akhtar Saleem. They all work out of the Graham Reading branch and have been hard at work training for the event due to take place in June.

The training

To kick start their training, and to get a bit of healthy competition started between the colleagues that would be taking on the challenge, they decided to run a weight loss challenge. The first person in the team to lose 10% of their body weight would win. The prize was pride in knowing that they were leading a healthier lifestyle AND there was a bonus prize: they didn’t have to carry around that extra weight on the bike ride!

So far their challenge has been tough but they have enjoyed it with some of them even saving money by ditching the car and opting for the bike.

“Its helped me reduce what fatty food I have been eating plus it has reduced my daily consumption of alcohol”

“It has helped me save petrol money as I have been riding to work plus I feel fitter”

The winner of their weight loss challenge was Steve Hiley who has lost just over a stone. Well done Steve!

They had had their ups and downs and a few sneaky treats…

…But all in all they are doing a great job and having fun too.

The details

The event will take place on the 16th of June and runs from city to seaside where they will take on the busy city streets and the hilly countryside before enjoying a lovely sea view while taking on the last part of their journey.

They aim to raise over £1500 for charity and are taking donations in the branch as well as on their Just Giving Page. So, if you would like to donate to the cause, get in touch today! So far they have raised over £500 with just under 2 months to go so every penny counts.