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  • Blood, Sweat and Tyres.

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    Blood, Sweat and Tyres.

    Last week Angel directors John Murphy, Kevin Matthews, and John Dundon swapped the boardroom for the open road by completing the London to Brighton Cycle Ride on behalf of official charity partner Make-A-Wish Foundation UK®. The team started the 54 mile challenge at South London’s Clapham Common at 9am traveling through Mitcham and Carshalton taking on the first hill ‘How Lane’ at Chipstead. They then continued down through Gatton, Nutfield Marsh, where they encountered ‘Church Hill’. Peddling on through Outwood, Smallfield and almost 30 miles into the challenge they came across ‘Turners Hill’. Once completed and behind them they headed down Selsfield Common towards Hayward’s Heath. After an exhausting 46 miles leaving Ditchling Village all three of the team came up against the mother of all hills and what many call the green monster ‘Ditchling Beacon’ which stands at a great 531ft. Once the last hill was complete it was onto the finish arriving in Brighton at 3pm. After only training for 16 weeks this is a great accomplishment! On completing the challenge they had the following comments, “The London to Brighton bike ride and the Wolverhampton marathon, which our Regional Sales Director Mark Cross completed, has generated a tremendous amount of awareness for the Make-a-Wish foundation. This incredible charity provide once in a life time wishes for children and young people suffering from life threatening illnesses. Angel Springs employees and the wider business community plus, friends and family all recognise what an important cause we are supporting. Although the ride was testing, the knowledge that we were supporting such an important charity was always going to drive us on and help us forget the fatigue!” “At the end of the ride it was a mixture of relief, elation and a sense achievement. We have received so much generous support from so many people, and we are proud to have played a small part in the lives of young children and their families, who wish they had our problems to contend with, sometimes it’s easy to forget just how fortunate we all are…………….” “May I thank everyone for their kind and generous support” John Dundon, Managing Director at Angel Springs. John Murphy, Commercial Director at Angel Springs commented, “The ride was a fantastic day’s fun with a great atmosphere amongst all of the riders, many thanks to everyone who supported us with their generous donations. There were a few killer hills thrown in just to challenge our resolve and remind us of our lack of fitness, knowing that we were raising money for such a fantastic cause was a great motivator.” “Highlight of the day for me was JD telling Kevin he “no he can’t stop for a Sunday Lunch” just before one of the big hills. Shortly after this JD fell off his bike and head-butted a fence in front of a very busy pub resulting in a very kind lady coming out, picking him up and dusting him down. Was this divine intervention on Kevin’s behalf? I’ll leave you to make up your mind.” Kevin Matthews FCILT, National Operations Director at Angel Springs commented, “The ride was both challenging and rewarding, we all finished the ride in great spirits.” “Although it was a very long day it was also very enjoyable, meeting so many others along the way made the ride so much easier although after six hours in the saddle it was great to see the finish line.” “We raised a tremendous amount of money and thank you to all our supporters and my family who were at the finish line cheering all us home.”