A team from our Birmingham office took part in Velo Birmingham 2017, a charity cycling event which took place on 24th September. John Armstrong, Barnaby Smith, David Bevan and Sam Boley raised money for their chosen charities, the NSPCC, Alzheimer’s Society, Cure Leukaemia and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
None of the team had any proper road cycling experience or even owned a bike prior to the event! Despite this, the team trained hard, and all reached the finish line between 7-10 hours, so the six months of training certainly paid off! Hundreds lined the streets to cheer on the 15,000 cyclists racing through Birmingham city, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and back again, covering 100 miles with 1,754 metres of climbs. The event itself raised over £2 million.
The star of the day was Barnaby Smith, who had found it difficult to make training due to commitments with a young family but on the day sheer grit and determination got him over the line. John Armstrong, Director, said
“We are feeling very proud of ourselves and will be trying to keep up the fitness we’ve gained in the process. The best news is that we made our target of £2,000 for the four charities.”
Congratulations to team Vericlaim for a fantastic achievement!