Congratulations to our RBAI teaching colleagues Innes Gray (Head of Geography) and Roger Wilson (Head of ICT) who completed the ‘Ride 24’ challenge on 20/21 August 2016.
They set off at 10.30am on Saturday morning. The 315 mile ride to London was broken into 7 stages with 6 stops for food etc. It's over the Tyne past the Angel of the North and on to the Yorkshire Hills, through York down to the Humber, then historic Lincoln and the welcome flat lands of the East beyond.
The riders faced strong headwinds and at times also horizontal rain as they travelled south; very challenging conditions. They reached London after 26 hrs 14 mins but their actual ride time was 20hrs 51min, incredible in the conditions. 315 miles @ 15 mph avg. An amazing feat! 456 of 650 starters finished! As well as completing the challenge their aim is to raise as much sponsor money for Macmillan Cancer Support as possible.
Why this challenge?
In September 2012 Innes's wife Deborah was diagnosed with stomach cancer. After months of chemotherapy and a major operation, Deborah has successfully overcome the illness. Innes wanted to repay some of the organisations who have and still do provide support to Deborah, Innes and their family.
If you would like to make a donation to MacMillan Cancer Support as a result of their challenge you can log on to their ‘just giving’ website: http://rbairide24.weebly.com/