APH completes 20,000 miles in £20,000 ride for the University of Southampton’s Centre for Cancer Immunology

We’ve done it! After six months of hard cycling and running, several injuries – real or otherwise – the APH 20,000-mile Round The World In 183 Days challenge has crossed the finish line…

With more than 20,000 miles completed and muscles appearing where muscles have never been before, we are now extremely proud to hand over £20,000 to the University of Southampton’s Centre for Cancer Immunology.

We’ve done it… from Gatwick to Sydney in 183 days

From a couple of miles to several thousand.. members of the APH team who ran and cycled around the 'virtual' world to help raise £20,000 in the fight against cancer. Great effort everyone

From a couple of miles to several thousand.. members of the APH team who ran and cycled around the ‘virtual’ world to help raise £20,000 in the fight against cancer. Great effort by the teams at Manchester, Birmingham and Gatwick (pictured)

Plotting a 20,000-mile virtual route around the world, we converted miles of cycling and running in the UK into progress on our globe-trotting (and pedalling) route from APH Gatwick to Sydney, Australia.

It’s great news we’ve finished – the blisters need some quality healing time – but we’re even happier to be able to convert miles to £s and hand over more than £20,000 to help the University of Southampton’s Centre for Cancer Immunology.

Why we took on the 20,000-mile challenge

Find out why we’ve been wearing Australian-themed novelty hats and messing around on bikes for the past six months…

On our bikes... from APH to Australia

Getting ready to go.. from APH to Australia

Why are we wearing strereotypical Aussie-type hats and holding a bike? It’s simple… APH team-members from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham have been raising £20,000 to help in the search for new cures and treatments for cancer …

Why are we doing this: Find the reason behind our trip

Why we attempted this?

We set out to raise £20,000 for the University of Southampton’s Centre for Cancer Immunology… a world-leading research facility looking for new treatments and cures to offer sufferers a brighter future.

How is this helping in the fight against cancer: The really important question

How is this helping in the fight against cancer?

Cancer Immunology is an area of research that focuses on teaching the human body to recognise the disease and fight it from within. The University of Southampton’s Centre for Cancer Immunology will put the UK at the very forefront of this exciting research. That’s why we’re hoping to cycle 20,000 miles to raise £20,000 to help fund the new centre. Find out more here.

What was our ‘virtual trip’: Our journey explained

What was our ‘virtual trip’

Instead of actually cycling around the world – and leaving no one to look after your cars while you’re away – we cycled and ran in our spare time, then converted the miles covered locally to distance on our 20,000-mile round-the-world route from Gatwick to Sydney.

How long did we have to complete the virtual journey: See the details here

How long did we have to complete the virtual journey

Fortunately, for our collective backsides, we had six months from 1 April – 30 September to complete the 20,000-mile jaunt around the world’s continents.

We're not asking for your money: See how we're raising cash

We’re not asking for your money

Nick, the boss at APH, pledged to pay 50p per mile completed – then doubling this to £1 if the magic 20,000 miles was completed. Best get your wallet out, Nick…

It’s not all bruised bums…

Along with the inevitable injuries inflicted by modern bike saddles, our 20,000 miles cycling (or running) also helped us to boost our health (well some of us, anyway). Regular exercise is a great way to lower your chances of suffering the likes of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Making it a little more visual, here are how many collective calories we burned over the 20k miles we cycled and ran…

calories buned

Pass the donuts

Join in the fun…

Want to make a break from your car and enjoy some of the health benefits (and additional glasses of wine and beer etc) that cycling brings? Here’s our guide to getting out the car and onto the saddle…

5 Health reasons to get in the saddle…

How two-wheeled transportation can boost your health…


Getting fit can be fun with cycling – just make sure you wear a safety helmet

From becoming part of your commute to weekend rides with your family, cycling can be a great way to have fun and improve your health. Here are some of the medical benefits you’ll receive from from cycling….

Burning calories: Find out how many here

Burning calories: Cycling is great because you can cremate calories while enjoying a leisurely ride. A person weighing around 11.5 stone will eat up 292 calories for an hour’s riding at 10mph. The heavier you are, the more calories you’ll burn. Use this tool to calculate the amount of blubber you could be burning simply by swapping a few car journeys for your bike…

Calories Burned Calculator

Estimate calories burned on your bike ride:

Cut the risk of heart disease: Find out how many miles you'll need to cycle

Cut the risk of heart disease: The British Heart Foundation says that cycling 20 miles a week will slash your risk of heart disease by a half when compared with people who don’t exercise. Heart disease can lead to damaged arteries and cause heart attacks.

Feel years younger and live longer: Find out how many years here

10 years younger: Middle-aged cyclists will enjoy fitness levels of someone 10 years younger – while also boosting their life expectancy by two years.

Stroke buster: By how much can cycling cut your risk of stroke

Stroke buster: Regular cycling can help cut the risk of suffering a stroke by 30%.

How far from fitness: How many hours of exercise are needed to get fit

Two and a half hours from fitness: According to official advice, adults aged 19-64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity over the course of a week. Cycling is a great form of moderate exercise that the whole family can take part in.

What type of bike do you need…

Don’t just follow fashion – get the bike that’s right for your plans…

Make sure you buy the right type of bike for your needs

Make sure you buy the right type of bike for your needs

Sadly, turning up at your local bike store and asking the proprietor to supply you his finest new bicycle could leave you with a hefty bill and a machine that’s incompatible with your plans and lifestyle. Gone are the days when all you had to decide between was a Chopper or Raleigh Arena ‘racer’ – now you’ll need to be a little more clued-up when looking for a way into the saddle. Avoid bike-geek humiliation with our basic guide to the different types of cycles on offer…

Road bikes:

Road bikes:

Built for speed on the hard stuff

Built for speed on the hard stuff

Lightweight frames, large thin wheels and drop handlebars are the tell-tale signs you’re looking at a ‘road bike’. Don’t be tempted to call it a ‘racer’ as this will blow your cover and reveal you to be a bike novice and easy prey to the spot-ridden 18-year-old sales assistant.
Great for: Serious athletics types planning long, high-speed rides on the roads.
Not so great for: Commuters, family outings, riding anywhere that’s not topped with baby bum-smooth Tarmac.
How much: From around £150 to many (and we mean ‘many’) thousands of pounds.
Where: Halfords.com

Mountain bikes:

Mountain bikes:

Get a go-anywhere attitude

Get a go-anywhere attitude

Commonly identified by wide, heavily treaded tyres, tough-looking design, suspension and a bucket-load of gears. These are set up for heading off-road and tackling wet, muddy surfaces. They make a great solution for family bikers and commuters whose journey comprises local roads and off-road cycleways, such as disused railway lines.
Great for: Families, commuters and just about anyone who wants an easy go-anywhere solution for getting into the saddle.
Not so great for: Anyone who will be spending their time on Tarmac. The wide tyres and hefty tread will make for slow and noisy progress.
How much: From around £85 to £6,500+
Where: Decathlon.co.uk

City bike:

City bike:

Cruise the city streets in comfort at a relaxed pace

Cruise the city streets in comfort at a relaxed pace

This machine can be identified by its upright and relaxed riding position. The tyres aren’t as wide as those on mountain bikes, but more so than those on road bikes, making the perfect solution for cruising flat, city streets. They’re also well designed to fit boxes, a pannier rack and even child seats.
Great for: The city commuter or anyone who wants to get around flat streets for work or  light shopping etc.
Not so great for: Anyone who is cycling to aggressively improve fitness, or those who want a mix of on- and off-road cycling; city bikes will soon get bogged down.
How much: From £120
Where: Bikes2udirect.com

Folding bikes:

Folding bikes:

Combine your commute with car and bike to save cash and get fit

Combine your commute with car and bike to save cash and get fit

Is it an odd suitcase or is it a bike? Well, it’s a folding bike, actually. The bike can be ridden then folded into a smaller more manageable size that can be carried by hand on public transport or in the back of a car.
Great for: Anyone whose commute is too long for a bike alone, but combined with a car – where the driver can get cheaper out of town parking etc. Simply drive to a  location of your choice, unfold the bike and get cycling the last few miles to the office. Equally efficient for those using trains or buses.
Not so great for: Speed, off-road use or avoiding smirks from small children.
How much: Around £140
Where: Tesco.com

Hybrid bikes:

Hybrid bikes:

The best of all worlds?

The best of all worlds?

These are a cross between road bikes and mountain bikes. They’re comfortable and capable on off-road cycle tracks, while also offering decent on-road performance. It’s a best-of-both-worlds-type solution for the wannabe biker.
Great for: Anyone who wants to combine family rides at the weekend with a reasonably challenging commute will love the versatility of this type of machine.
Not so great for: If you are looking to get serious about  road or off-road biking, this type of cycle will be hugely frustrating.
How much: £109
Where: Argos.co.uk

Electric bikes:

Electric bikes:

No tax or insurance and it'll help you get fit

No tax or insurance and it’ll help you get fit

Some might call this cheating, but that’s not strictly true. The user can set the amount of assistance given to the pedal action. The less assistance asked for, the further the bike will travel on a single charge and provide more fitness-inducing exercise for the cyclist. Electric bikes don’t require you to have a licence, road tax or insurance.
Great for: Anyone who has a long commute or wants to explore further afield without being a world class athlete. Most bikes will travel 20-30 miles on a charge and cost less than 5p per mile to run.
Not so great for: Anyone who wants an inexpensive way into cycling.
How much: From £400
Where: Scootercity.co.uk

What’s at the back of your shed…

You might not have sat in the saddle since your schooldays, but what actually happened to your bike? If your trusty mount’s still languishing at the back of a garden shed somewhere, you could be sitting on a two-wheeled goldmine. Here’s how much you could be cashing in for the original Raleigh Chopper and its associated family of bikes.

Cash in on that old Chopper

Now do us a favour and pass the Deep Heat… and watch this space to see what we’re planning next!

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