On Sunday July 17th a team of twenty from 241 Squadron (Wanstead and Woodford) ATC took part in the London Bikeathon to help raise money for Leukaemia Research. Sgt James Grants report is below.
“Although difficult to find we arrived on time at the start line in the middle of Mile End Park. After quickly getting registered we navigated our way through the sea of bikes towards the start line where there were already several hundred cyclists waiting. There was a great atmosphere and we all understood that this was not to be a race but more of a family day out. The cyclists all ranged in ages and cycling abilities with some obviously talking the event a little too seriously, however there was a very good feeling in knowing that we were all doing our bit for charity. A few of us steered our way to the front and got in sight of several others from our Squadron who had arrived earlier.
The first group of roughly 12 Cyclists was set off promptly after our arrival; they were setting them off in small groups due to an immediate sharp right turn and a tunnel which had to be passed through. After about a minute the next twelve set off which amongst others had me and my riding partners.
The route marking on the way round was nothing short of dreadful and subsequently the group I was riding with totalled 32miles instead of the intended 26. The extra mileage however was made slightly easier by the beautiful weather that accompanied us on our route and made the day seem somewhat more worthwhile.
We ended after a little over 2hours back where we started in Mile End Park and were met with congratulations from those who were organising the event and from those who had already finished. We collected our medals for completing and all took on food and water and waited for the rest of the 241 team to finish”.
The total raised will be posted once all the money has been collected.