What’s the 2020 Cycling Challenge all about
Covering six months between April 1st and September 30th, we’re asking APH staff to cycle (or run) 20,000 miles to raise £20,000 for the University of Southampton’s £25 million appeal!
We can’t cycle or run 20,000 miles
It sounds a lot, but if 100 staff members join it equates to an individual total of 200 miles – or just 8 miles a week. Some will pledge to cycle or run more, so this total could easily fall well below that. The more people who take part, the fewer miles we’ll all have to complete.
I haven’t got time to fill sponsor forms
Don’t worry, you won’t have to bother friends or family’; APH will sponsor all participating staff 50p a mile… doubling that to £1 per mile if we reach our goal of 20,000 miles. That’s a total of £20,000 you can raise to help in the battle against cancer.
Why should I get involved
Along with raising vital cash to help battle cancer, it’ll be a great way to boost cycling safety awareness, get fit for the summer and have a whole load of fun along the way! We’ll even be organising lunchtime and evening cycle rides, too… so you won’t have to hit the road alone…
I don’t have a bike or loads of money…
You can save pots of cash and get a great bike through the Cycle to Work Scheme (C2W). Find out details of the huge savings you can make here: http://www.bike2workscheme.co.uk/
You can also use this C2W Calculator to reveal how little you might have to pay: Click here
Alternatively, you could always just pull on your pumps and get running instead.
Round the World Challenge – bag free food, drink and a huge BBQ along the way…
To make the challenge even more exciting – and mouth-watering – we’ll be converting all our miles cycled in the UK to distance travelled around a 20,000-mile virtual bike ride from APH Gatwick to the equally glamorous surroundings of Sydney in Australia.
However, it won’t just be an exercise in buttock-bashing or achilles-rupturing pain… we’ll be stopping off at exotic destinations to sample a free selection of local delicacies and drinks. All you need to do is join in the challenge to get your passport to our global food fest.
First stop… Paris
Our first stop will be a mere 300 miles away in Paris, where we’ll enjoy a selection of croissants, pain au chocolat and unfeasibly strong coffee served up in the ‘la Boardroom’… from there we’ll heading to the likes of Italy, America, Mexico, China, India and many more centres of gastronomic excellence. Sign up to eat up!
Still need convincing?
To motivate yourself along the way, there’ll also be great incentives to keep the pedals turning… When you achieve your first 50 miles you will receive a t-shirt. There’ll be plenty more rewards of increasing value as you hit successive milestones.
Not been on a bike since primary school?
Don’t worry! There will be cycling proficiency and fix-it classes beforehand to make sure that you and your bike are both ready before the big launch on 1st April…