Crown Trade helped put the wheels in motion for a 120-mile charity cycle ride, organised by decorating, glass and builders merchants, Kent Blaxill.
The company’s staff, suppliers and customers raised more than £7,000 for two charities, the Rob George Foundation and the East Anglian Air Ambulance with an amazing display of pedal power.
Around 50 cyclists set out on the tour of Essex and Suffolk. The ride started and finished at the Kent Blaxill Colchester branch and took in stops at Saffron Walden, Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury.
The riders included Andy English, a long-time employee of Kent Blaxill, who completed the marathon on a recumbent bicycle, which is ridden in a lying position.
“Not all of the riders were experienced cyclists – one or two had not completed more than a 40-mile ride previously – so there were some heroic efforts in tackling the 120 miles,” said Simon Blaxill, Kent Blaxill managing director.
"After a damp start the rain held off and we had a really enjoyable day, with people in the saddle for up to nine hours."
On completion of their challenging event riders tucked into a well-deserved curry supper and swapped stories about the day.
Cyclists wore shirts specially designed for the event – and they can still be sponsored at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/
This was the second charity cycle ride organised by Kent Blaxill. The previous ride was held in 2013 to mark the company’s 175th anniversary and Crown has been the main sponsor at both of the events.
The Crown team consisted of Marc Lenaghan and Luke Dix, both of Crown Paints, and Andrew Harvard and Mike Turner of Ian Williams.
Debbie Orr, Crown Paints’ Trade marketing manager said: “We were delighted to support such a worthy cause once again. “All the riders showed great commitment and the amount of money raised was a wonderful achievement.”