If I can take you back to a couple of weeks ago, you may recall our blog about the two Tetlow brothers taking on the London to Brighton bike ride, in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
This annual event took place just over a week ago and we’re pleased to say that both our Sales Director, Steve Tetlow, and his brother, Land Executive Gary Tetlow, successfully made it to the finish line.
Starting out early on a chilly and cloudy Sunday morning at Clapham Common wasn’t Steve’s idea of the best way to spend his day off, “but it was soon worth every minute as we cycled out of London on our way to Brighton. Having a younger and fitter brother, who was determined to break the land speed record, I did my best to keep up, until mile 21 where my chain caught in my spokes, resulting in the need for a new back wheel. Having been repaired, we pressed on and the miles quickly passed, until we were faced with the challenge of getting over the hill at Ditchling.”
Gary was a little concerned when another cyclist likened Ditchling Beacon to “more of a mountain than a hill”, but “I managed to cycle within about 100 yards of the summit, before my legs let me know that they had had enough and felt like they might explode.”
Steve’s take on this mountain of a hill was slightly different. “Whilst Gary managed to conquer the hill, albeit in stages, I chose the easier option of pushing my bike to the summit, where we were met with a glorious view of the Sussex countryside. Now it was all downhill to Brighton – hoorah! Finally getting over the finish line provided a great sense of satisfaction, for not only completing the journey, but having raised a few quid for a worthy cause along the way. Best of all was the smile on my brother’s face as he enjoyed the knowledge that he could have done it in a quicker time if it wasn’t for me!”
Gary’s overriding quote for the day would have to be “my legs ache… Seriously though, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. It was amazing to see so many friendly people all cycling together for such a good cause. All the way along there were words of encouragement from people at the side of the road, as well as other cyclists. I can’t wait to do it again next year!”
It’s safe to say both Tetlows did an incredible job, a huge congratulations to all who took part in this fantastic fundraising event.