Twenty-eght brave riders took on the challenge to pedal 100 miles in last Sunday’s ‘Ride London’ event to raise funds for Panathlon.
The route took tens of thousands of riders from central London past the Olympic Park, Epping Forest and into the rolling countryside of rural Essex, before returning to London to finish on the iconic Tower Bridge.
Our fastest rider (see times below) was Jean Bernard from our supporters RBC BlueBay Asset Management. He completed the course in an astonishing four hours 14 minutes, with some others taking a more leisurely approach and taking almost twice as long.
A strong team from the Woodland Group provided 11 cyclists. Their Ride London efforts came hard on the heels of nearly 40 of their staff running the ‘Tough Mudder’ style Nuclear Races two weeks ago, also raising donations for Panathlon.
Sean Kirby, Managing Director Woodland Logistics (pictured below with hands aloft at the start) said: “Well done to all involved and thank you to those that have supported generously, every little bit makes a difference.
“We are all looking forward to the next challenge to raise essential funds and awareness for the Panathlon Challenge charity.”
See Woodland Group’s Fundraising page here.
Howard Scholes, who ran the London Marathon for Panathlon last October, found Ride London easier than running the marathon. He only recently bought a bike, having done most of his training through the winter in spin classes at his local gym.
Howard, pictured below near the end, said: “I picked up a good group to draft along with for several miles which helped conserve my energy. I’m always inspired by the work Panathlon does and that helped me keep going through the tougher parts.”
Ashley Iceton, Panathlon’s CEO, said: “I’m always amazed at the efforts people will go to in order to support the charitable fundraising of Panathlon.
“This year we have a record amount of people committed to the cause. I can only thank those individuals and our sponsors for their literal blood, sweat and tears over the last few weeks.
“All these donations will make a massive difference to young Panathletes across the country.”
Panathlon still has charity entries in: London 10K on 9 July, London Triathlon 5-6 August, Swim Serpentine on 16 September and the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 8 October. If you are interested in taking part, please email email@example.com
Thank you to all our Ride London participants and our sponsors.
Finish times for Team Panathlon –
1 Jean Bernerd 4.14.41
2 Kieron Collins 4.43.01
3 Mitchell Trethowan 4.49.51
4 Geoffrey Smith 4.55.13
5 Howard Scholes 5.05.31
6 Jim Smith 5.20.56
7 David Horncastle 5.21.03
8 Edwin Clarke Wellsmore 5.22.45
9 Yan Nguyen 5.35.05
10 Geoff Hammond 5.51.55
11 Jack Wood 5.56.03
12 Tommy Gilbert 5.56.04
13 Liam Brown 6.09.44
14 Sean Kirby 6.12.16
15 Richard Dudley 6.13.35
16 Joe Satwick 6.21.26
17 Chris Harvey 7.07.43
18 Cameron Grant 7.12.55
19 Connor Gray 7.15.25
20 Chris Ward 7.30.17
21 Jonathan Tart 7.39.24
22 Nick Austin 7.39.25
23 Bradley Hughes 7.39.53
24 Martin Brierley 7.39.57
25 John Deakin 7.40.43
26 Bradley Maxwell 30 miles
27 Joe Bowtell DNF
28 Jim Satwick DNF
29 John Johnstone DNS
30 Matthew De’ath DNS