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LivetoGive London to Brighton 2012: A Ride to Remember

The LivetoGive cyclists get ready for their epic journey

The James Pendleton “Live to Give” team have ventured onto the roads of Britain on two wheels before.  This year, it was decided to repeat 2011’s London to Brighton trip, an epic 55 mile journey with more than a few hills along the way.  The trip on 17th June would raise money for LivetoGive’s four fantastic locally based charities.

Training began (for some) in the months leading up to the big day with practice runs around Richmond Park and other South West London Commons.  For the less organised members of the team, the race began in the week before the ride with a rush to find bicycles, gather equipment and cram several weeks of training into one!

On the big day the team assembled at James Pendleton’s Clapham South and Balham office at 8am and set off Sussex-wards on a motley collection of bicycles (including a tandem!), wearing their “Live to Give” t-shirts with pride.  With thousands of fundraisers riding alongside the team the atmosphere was jubilant and the morning bright and clear.

As the day progressed our team’s snack supplies dwindled but spirits remained high.  The challenge takes on average seven hours and proved to be one of those events which really brings people together and makes smaller challenges along the way really worth celebrating.  Indeed, our cyclists universally report the collective feeling of triumph on reaching the top of the infamous South Downs hill, which was duly celebrated with pints of cider.

As the team cycled down into Brighton, past the Sea Life Centre and the hordes of supporters gathered to cheer on the riders, joy and relief went hand in hand.  It was high fives all round as the LivetoGive fundraisers reached the finish line with the streets of Brighton close by.

The London to Brighton cycle ride was definitely a challenge for the LivetoGive team, who certainly encountered their fair share of mishaps (and sunburn) along the way!  Without exception, though, the team were well supported by ample donations from family, friends and well-wishers, and the relief at reaching the top of the South Downs was immense.

We’d like to say a big thank you to our team and all who supported them.  If you’d like to make a donation to one of our four charities, please visit our JustGiving page.

See all our pictures of the event here

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