Pedal power raises cash for charity

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STAFF got on their bikes to ride more than 100 miles and raise £1,259 for a charity that makes dreams come true for seriously ill young people.

Dave Burrage and Jon Barkworth, who work for Grass Roots in Tring, joined a 10-strong team, including staff from Cyclescheme and two guest riders, in the charity ride from Bath in Somerset to Tring.

It took them eight hours and 46 minutes to ride 106 miles from the Cyclescheme base to the Grass Roots Group head office, in Station Road, on Friday, August 19.

They were inspired by Arsenal legend Bob Wilson, who completed a 500 mile Charity Cycle Challenge to every Premier League club and raised more than £300,000 for his charity, the Willow Foundation.

Cyclist Jonathan Barkworth, who rides 11 miles from his home in Berkhamsted to his job in Tring each day, said: “I took part for the charity and the company but most of all I had always wanted to ride a century.”

Daniel Gillborn, head of commercial operations for Cyclescheme said: “As a number of us cycle to work we wanted to set ourselves a challenge and do some good for the Willow Foundation.”

Visit www.bobwilsonsoccercycle.com for details on the Charity Cycle Challenge.