Bondholders smash Derbados cycle challenge target

Bondholders smash Derbados cycle challenge target

Marketing Derby Bondholders have helped the Derbyshire Institute of Sport smash its fund-raising target from a fun cycling challenge.

Firms, including HUUB, Sky Recruitment Solutions and Ask the Chameleon, took up the Derbados Cycling Challenge to complete 10, 20, 50 or 200 miles and raise money for DIS, as well as promote the health benefits of cycling.

The challenge set out to raise £2,000 – but thanks to the heroics of those who took part, it raised over £2,800.

DIS managing director Chloe Maudsley said: “We’re delighted with the total raised, which beat our original target of £2,000.

“This money will help our community interest company to support talented and hard-working athletes and sports team players.”

The challenge was run in partnership with HUUB and Sky Recruitment Solutions; cycling giants Raleigh and the Great British Children’s Challenge.

Dean Jackson, founder of HUUB - a world leader in wetsuit, triathlon and cycling apparel, pulled together a group of friends, including David Torrington of Sky Recruitment Solutions, who each cycled 200 miles during the month.

A group of less experienced cyclists, calling themselves the Cycling Tortoises and led by Rachel Hayward of Ask The Chameleon, tackled the Tissington Trail.

Some went even further, although in the case of para-athlete Freya Neale she did not leave her home to clock up the miles.

Freya was isolating at her home ahead of brain surgery and decided to cycle 200 miles on her turbo trainer static bike. In the end, spurred on by support on social media, she completed an impressive 300 miles before she went into hospital.

Chloe said: “We are happy to report that Freya’s surgery went well and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to work with our DIS coaches when she has fully recuperated."

David Torrington, who completed his cycling feat despite a muscle injury, said: “The Derbados cycling challenge is about encouraging people of all ages to get out and about and maintain their mental and physical health during the pandemic.

“I’m all for that - if someone said ‘you’re housebound and can’t go and cycle’, I think I would go mad! It’s a massive thing to keep fit and enjoy the mental and physical health benefits.”

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