Ruislip Residents' Association

Uxbridge College Raise £4,330 in Sponsored Bike and Row

A sponsored cycle and row from the Eiffel Tower to Trafalgar Square has raised a massive £4,300 for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) - although the action took place at Uxbridge College on static bikes and rowing machines. The gruelling 266km from Paris to Calais, 34km across the English Channel and the remaining 120km from Dover to London was completed by teams of eighty sporty students and staff - with a bit of help from not-quite-so-fit "guest" riders and rowers- who took turns with 15 minute bike sprints and 10 minute rows in an attempt to complete the equivalent distance.

The first team to hit the target - at which point everyone else gratefully gave up - was the Pink Team who completed the journey in 13hrs 21mins 44secs. The teams started at 4.45am.

The fundraising was also supported by a themed raffle with prizes including a signed Arsenal Ladies' shirt, a QPR men's signed shirt, a signed photo of rower Sir Steve Redgrave, a golf day for four at The Shire London, a £50 voucher from the intu shopping centre in Uxbridge and skin care products and cosmetics from Rodial and Benefit. A cake stall offering "good versus evil cakes" - sugary and creamy cakes up against healthy options such as low sugar flapjacks - also helped to keep everyone going and raised money towards the cause.

The event was co-ordinated by Sport Lecturer Richard Johnson whose own experiences of cardiac problems inspired the choice of charity and was the second in aid of CRY held at the College. Richard spent the first two months of his life in hospital after being born with a hole in the heart and related issues. Richard said : It was extremely challenging and harder than anyone imagined - people had cramp and were in tears. It was a real test of character to have to keep going on when you've already given all you've got. It was a massive success with great energy and so much positivity. There was also some awesome leadership from students with lots of focus on raising and collecting money.

Standout participants included sports lecturer Stuart Clapson who completed the fastest cycle with 11km in 15 minutes. The top individual fundraiser was student Matt Severn who raised £380.

Next year's event is already being planned with suggestions including persuading a group of students and staff to climb Mount Kilmanjaro (the real one)!!

Published in Further and Higher Education on 22 June 2017.
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