You may, or may not, be aware that two of our team are actually related, Sales Director Steve Tetlow and his brother, Land Executive Gary Tetlow. This coming weekend they’re taking on a serious challenge as they cycle from London to Brighton for the British Heart Foundation.
This flagship 54 mile event has been going for over 40 years; over 800,000 people have taken part, collectively cycling over 40 million miles and raising over £65million in the process for the British Heart Foundation.
When the event was launched in 1976, just 36 riders took part, this Sunday over 15,000 cyclists will join Gary and Steve on the start line.
Whilst Gary is taking on this challenge for the first time, Steve completed it back in 2014 with his daughter, “it was a great experience which we both thoroughly enjoyed, at that time I was motivated by the fundraising for such a worthy cause. This time around I know the challenge that lies ahead of me, but my aim is to simply make it to the finish line as, if I’m honest, I’ve done very little in the way of training! I also can’t think of a better way to spend Father’s Day, than with my brother, who has agreed to join me this year.”
On Gary’s part, he wasn’t given a whole lot of choice in the matter… “What made me want to do it? I didn’t! Steve told me after signing me up! But when it comes to training, whilst Steve has managed to reduce his golf handicap down to single numbers, I’ve been cycling 20 miles at the weekends. It’s fair to say that the distance between 20-54 miles is going to be unknown territory. Everything is going to plan… if we had one!”
The brothers are planning on making their own donation to the charity and, on completion, may consider setting up a JustGiving page, you’ll have to watch this space. It is all for a truly worthy cause. The BHF fund around £100 million of life saving research every year, with no financial support from the Government. With heart and circulatory disease still responsible for more than 1/4 of all deaths, there is clearly a long way to go. This fantastic event helps to not only raise crucial funds, but also awareness.
We’ll be with Gary and Steve all the way on Sunday (figuratively speaking of course), check back in our follow-up blog to see how they got on, but for now… good luck guys!