MCI UK, part of the global communications and event management company MCI, appoint a new charity partner every year. For 2016 MCI UK chose to partner with Re~Cycle and quickly established a calendar of fundraising events, including an Easter egg hunt, sports day and a photography competition. However colleagues were looking for a big challenge to raise some serious funds for Re~Cycle, and what better way than a cycling event?
A brave team of five chose to enter Revolve 24. A 24 hour relay race at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit. The team were made up of Ian Lapworth, Georgia O’Rourke, Mat Clapham, Damian Clarke and team captain Wyman Babbage. Ian tells us of their experiences:
“Daunted by the challenge ahead, our team of five arrived at the Brands Hatch Circuit for Revolve 24 fully branded in our Re-Cycle t-shirts. Our mission was to complete the race circuit as many times as possible in a relay style, in 24 hours. We strategised for minutes and decided to start, and finish, with 30 minute shifts each. At 3pm on Saturday 10 September Wyman positioned himself on the track for the Le Mans style start, and found himself stood next to Olympic Hero, Jason Kenny. This was the closest they would get on the track as Wyman left him in his wake from the start!!
The rain poured, the wind blew, but we were undeterred. Damian was next on track and waited with trepidation for Wyman to return to the pit and pass the wrist baton, before flying off on his way round. Mat was next, then Ian, then Georgia. Georgia was introduced to her bike at 2:30pm on Saturday, having last cycled in earnest at 12 years old. However, she fearlessly headed off for her shift before returning with a very sore derriere. Padded shorts were borrowed for later shifts! Bravado prevailed after our first circuits, our fresh, energised naivety filled us with confidence for future shifts.
Confidence disappears at 2am! The fuel from our pizza and sweet potato fries (standards must be maintained at all times) had long worn off as the wee small hours dragged through the night. Sleep was scarce, a snooze in the chair, a sleeping bag on a concrete floor, the hours rolled on, our lap times became longer, but we made it through the night.
Sunday Morning brought glorious sunshine and with it renewed energy! Bacon, sausage and egg baps were consumed (not by Jason Kenny I`m sure). We could see the end of the tunnel, if not the light quite yet. 3pm on Sunday 11 September eventually came around!! We did it! 141 Laps – 342 miles (further than the coastline of Kenya, 333 miles) – countless aching muscles – and a tin mug and a bottle of cider from the organisers.”
From all at Re~Cycle, we would like to say a big thank you to the cycle team and all at MCI UK for their great effort and continued support! For more info on MCI UK please visit https://www.mci-group.com/en-GB