Hot on the heels of the Grand Depart, four Plusnet staff set off from our Sheffield office on a gruelling cycling challenge, riding from our offices in Sheffield all the way to Paris. The route had them covering the 500 mile journey in just five tough days. Paul Summers, Andy Moores, Katy Stallabrass and Luke Allen set out early on a Tuesday morning and cycled 100 miles each day, finishing at the Eiffel Tower on Saturday. All of the team are cycling enthusiasts but none had taken on anything like this before. They’ve all been training hard over the last few months to make sure they made it to the finish line. The 500 mile route wasn’t going to let them off easy, with Andy suffering a crash partway through the challenge. After some running repairs, to himself and the bike, he was soon back in the saddle peddling towards Paris. Andy Moores, Quality and Technical Training Manager commented:
“The ride was the hardest challenge I have ever done, the torrential rain was especially bad but knowing that everyone was behind us and that the money we were raising was going to such a great cause kept us going. On a couple of days we didn't finish riding until 9pm but was all worth it when we got to the Eiffel Tower at 6pm on the Saturday night. We all agree it's been an honour being able to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal......and we'd do it again!"
The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was chosen by Plusnet staff as their charity of the year for 2014 and we’ve been raising funds throughout the year with a mixture of different fundraising activities. The route the team followed can be seen below: