A 23-strong team of London Luton Airport staff have raised £60,000 (US$74,000) by cycling to from Paris to Amsterdam via Brussels.
The team took four days to cover the 410-mile (660km) route, cycling in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which is the airport’s charity partner for 2018/2019. Since the partnership began, the airport has raised more than £125,000 (US$154,700) for the cause, to help support more than 400 local cancer patients with emergency grants.
The Paris to Amsterdam ride follows the airport’s Summer Solstice Runway Race on June 21, when runners ran the full length of the runway and back, raising £4,000 (US$4,940).
Cycling more than 100 miles (160km) a day, the team endured a mix of blazing sunshine, driving rain and tough road conditions. Among the cyclists was the airport’s operations director, Neil Thompson, who said, “We knew the ride would be tough, but it was much tougher than any of us expected. The long days in the saddle were worth it, though, and we’re all really proud to have finished the ride, and raised an incredible £60,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.”