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Local charity organisation goes the distance!

James Pendleton’s Live to Give team have taken on a diverse variety of charity challenges over the past months, from a remarkably snowy Spring pub quiz to a scaled-up version of family board game classic Operation held outside the estate agents’ Wandsworth Common office at the recent Bellevue Fair.  On the first weekend of September a team of ten cyclists braved the rain to take on the infamous London to Windsor cycle ride.

The Live to Give team in full regalia at the London to Windsor bike ride!

The Live to Give team in full regalia at the London to Windsor bike ride!

The South West London independent estate agents run a dedicated programme of charity events each year on behalf of three significant local causes: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Trinity Hospice and Action for Children.  The organising team meets regularly to plan locally focused ways of raising awareness and vital funds and LivetoGive events are consistently a rousing success.

The route, which covers some stunning scenery between the Capital and another town with royal connections, is a well-known challenge in cycling circles and the team trained hard in the weeks before the event for a ride far longer than the average commute. With cycling ever more popular in London and beyond, the team have taken on two rides this year with a ride from London to Brighton in June proving a great success; see our earlier post for a great photo of the team outside James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Wandsworth Common on Bellevue Road.

The London to Windsor ride started well as the team headed from the Estate Agents’ Clapham South office on to the official start point six miles away.  This was followed by a gentle and scenic ride down the Thames tow-path through a landscape growing ever more green. Once in the countryside the weather took a turn for the worse, with even a much needed pit stop not doing enough to buy time and avoid the rain.

The torrents divided the team somewhat with an intrepid few braving the torrents and inevitably getting soaked whilst a savvy few stayed behind until the weather cleared!  All were eventually reunited and pushed on throughout the afternoon with no dropouts or injuries. Spirits were by no means as damp as clothes excitement mounted with the finish line in sight and the ride ended with a sprint as the riders in front competed for the fastest time in the group!

Lee, Sonja, Andrew, Rachel, Alice, Moe, David, Chris, James, Mark and Giles took on a tough challenge and did tremendously well in the name of charity. James Pendleton team and its charity committee did extremely well in organising this event, with special thanks extended to Kelly, the main co-ordinator.

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