City cyclists ride London to Brighton for charity

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A team of city cyclists have raised £2,600 for the British Heart Foundation by doing the London to Brighton ride.

12 staff members from the Milton Keynes and Hatfield offices of Mitsubishi Electric took part in the 55 mile journey on June 16.

The team had initially set a target of £2,500 and were delighted to have raised even more money than hoped in aid of their charity.

Team organiser Emma Gold was delighted by her team’s efforts and by the level of support her team received.

She said: “I’ve always been an admirer of the work the British Heart Foundation does and I was delighted when so many of my colleagues agreed to join me. We set ourselves a target of £2,500, so we are really pleased at the level of support we’ve been given.”

A total of 28,500 cyclists rode the route, which saw them begin at 6.30am on Clapham Common in London and finish in Brighton later that afternoon. The cyclists took a winding route through back roads and country lanes in South London, Surrey and Sussex.

Assistant Manager of Consumer Logistics Administration Geoff Baulk, from Browns Wood in Milton Keynes, said “I think the worst bit was Ditchling Beacon, which is a long, slow climb uphill. Everyone made it though and we all met up on the beach with our family and friends to celebrate a real team effort.”

Ditchling Beacon is the third highest point on the South Downs and is about 10 miles from Brighton Beach. It comes at the end of a 1 mile climb and is the start of a long descent into Brighton itself.

Although the team has completed their journey and also exceeded their target, they are still happy to take donations towards their cause. People can donate through their site at: www.justgiving.com/Emma-Gold