Thirteen staff from Corby firm Utility Bidder have just completed a gruelling 73-mile bike ride from Corby to Skegness to raise money for Lakelands Hospice.
The team, comprising employees from all levels of the business – admin, sales, IT, marketing and directors – have been in training for the fund raiser for a few months.
"Our directors are conscious that most of our 100+ staff spend a lot of their working day sitting down and are always keen to promote health and fitness in the workplace," explained Madeleine Porter, Head of Marketing. "Nevertheless, getting in shape for the bike ride involved extra gym sessions at lunchtime and spinning classes at the weekend."
However, the riders did know what they were letting themselves in for, as in 2016 they did the same ride for the Teenage Cancer Trust and so there were no surprises.
"We knew where the hardest parts would come in, both physically and mentally, and we were all aware of our own personal weaknesses," said Madeleine.
All of the 13 riders successfully completed the course at the weekend, arriving at their destination in just over six hours. They expect to have raised around £2,000 for the hospice once all the monies are in.
Paul Marlow from Lakelands Hospice said: “Well done to the amazing people who worked so hard on the bike ride to raise much needed funds for Lakelands. Utility Bidder has always been a great friend of the hospice and we are really grateful for all their support.”
For more information, please visit https://www.utilitybidder.co.uk