A Pelicam Project Assurance team of four intrepid cyclists braved the 55 mile London to Brighton bike ride, raising over £1,500 for our charity partner Lifelites in the process. While some say “that to find yourself you must first get lost”, we’re not sure Team Pelicam felt quite at peace as ‘early navigation issues’ led to a rather more scenic route than first anticipated.
The bike ride, which includes the infamously gruelling Ditchling Hill, is an annual event open to novice cyclists. Vince Rawle, managing practitioner forPelicam was asked beforehand if he would be taking on the hill from behind the saddle, “Of course, it's a bike ride not a walk,” our fearless fundraiser replied, but after the event when asked if he made a successful assault, he replied “You must be joking!”
Despite the detour, dastardly Ditchling, an ‘over the handlebar’ crash, a broken bike and a bruised collar bone Vince completed the challenge in an incredible 4 hours 40 minutes with the other team members also finishing in very respectable times.
Vince added that “Despite all of my training, I was in no way ready for the London to Brighton bike ride, I now understand why people talk so much about Ditchling…nothing can prepare you for it”…this was a consistent theme with all the debut riders after the race.
Congratulations to Team Pelicam for their achievements and thank you to everyone for your generous sponsorship which helped raise over £1,500. This is such a terrific sum of money and it will make a huge difference to this small but extremely worthwhile charity.
Lifelites is a charity that helps to support the 40 children’s hospices around the UK by supporting their technological needs to help the lives of terminally ill children.