Switch staff cycle 65 miles around the Isle of Wight and raise £5,227.16 for the charity Whizz-Kidz

The team at the half way point - Blackgang

The team at the half way point – Blackgang

Twelve Switch Communication staff took to the Isle of Wight to face the 65 mile challenge around the hilly coast. With sunshine forecast the eager group of cyclists were left slightly nervous when they awoke to thunderstorms and rain. After a two hour delay in setting off, the sunshine came out as promised and, with a full English breakfast in their stomachs, the team in Lycra began their journey around the Isle of Wight. The beautiful scenery, sunshine and upbeat attitudes helped them climb their way to the top of the many hills that make up the coast line around the island.  One staff member, Ross Johnson had the task of overcoming not 3 but 4 punctures within half an hour of each other. With Martin Howard (Operations Director) on hand in the support van, and the help of co-workers the group were soon back on track.

Stopping for a break after roughly every 20 miles, the Switch team made sure they were fully hydrated on water, energy drinks and energy bars, most being thankful for the opportunity to eat chocolate without feeling guilty!  After 65.13 miles, 4:53:49 cycling time, 3,126 feet of climbing, an average speed of 13.3mph and 4384 calories burnt, the tired team cycled their way back to the B&B garden where they were greeted by a much deserved beer!

Andy Howell, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Whizz-Kidz, said:

Whizz-Kidz applauds a fantastic show of fundraising mettle from the Switch Communication Team; also new providers of the charity’s telecommunications network. Very well done on raising over £5000 through the 65 mile challenge – which will help us transform the lives of young disabled people.’

‘We look forward to our working relationship, and more brilliant fundraising. Together we can reach more disabled children and their families – and ensure bright futures ahead.’

Well done Team Switch, we look forward to the next challenge!


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