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05 Aug 2014
Five bus drivers from the Stagecoach Midlands depot at Northampton raised over £2,000 for the British Heart Foundation by completing the charity’s London to Brighton Night Cycle Ride on Sunday 13th July.
The five were Iain Callaghan, Barry Marlow, Robert Galvin, Jose Oliveira and Craig Fallon. They raised £1,400 from friends, family, passengers and other drivers at the depot, and Stagecoach Midlands presented them with a cheque for a further £700 to bring their total to £2,100.
“We were completely amazed by the very generous contribution from Stagecoach. None of us could believe it,” said Iain Callaghan.
The five drivers started the ride at 1.45am and finished in Brighton at 7.30am, having stopped three times on route at 19, 37 and 50 miles. They stayed together throughout the ride, which took them 4 1/2 hours of actual cycling time to complete the 66.4 miles. Some 4,000 cyclists took part in the event.
“We started training for this charity ride last August and it was the first time we have attempted anything like this. The weather was terrible. It rained most of the way, which made it particularly challenging, but we all felt fine at the end. Other, more experienced riders were very helpful in giving us advice on how to pace ourselves,” said Iain.
The five drivers have got the cycling bug and plan to sign up for another charity ride to support the British Heart Foundation. This time it will be London to Milton Keyes in October.