Steep hills, driving wind and punctures were all tackled on Sunday when the Story team took on a charity cycling challenge, raising more than £3000 for Macmillan.
Ten colleagues from Story Homes and Story Contracting got on their bikes for the 50 miles and 5000 feet challenge.
The team, rounded up by Engineer Luke Walker, took on the challenge for Story’s corporate charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
The mix of beginner riders and some with a little bit of experience took six hours to ride a figure of eight from Keswick to Cockermouth, down to Seathwaite and round by Buttermere before heading back to Keswick. Three tough passes were included in the route; Whinlatter, Honister and Newlands.
Luke Walker said of the challenge: “The ride was a real success. With such challenging conditions, including a river flowing across Honister Pass, it was a great effort from the team to make it to the finish. With such a mixture of abilities within the team it was fantastic to see everyone looking after each other and helping each other along! Feedback has been really positive so an annual cycling challenging could be on the horizon!”
The team would like to thank everybody who has helped them to raise more than £3000 for Macmillan. Colleagues, clients and partners have all donated, and Story’s founder Fred Story also pledged £100 for each rider who completed the course. The team included:
Luke Walker, 26, Story Homes
David Bell, 51, Story Contracting
Andrew Clitheroe, 34, Story Contracting
Paul Fenton, 24, Story Homes
Adam McNally, 35, Story Homes
Jonathan Reed, 34, Story Contracting
Aaron Stafford, 29, Story Homes
Kevin Wharton, 44, Story Contracting
Amy Young, 21, Story Homes
Andy Butler, 32, Story Homes
It’s not too late to donate either. Please visit: www.justgiving.com/SHcycling