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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Vätternrundan 2016 – Reminder

Help us beat Cancer.  

The finish line
The fantastic efforts of Caroline, Chris, Andrew and Paul, as reported yesterday, were all in aid of  Bright Red, based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, a charity established to improve the lives and treatment of people who are dealing with blood cancer, The ride was in memory of Nicola Jacobs,  sister of Chris, who sadly lost her battle to leukaemia at Christmas.
They are hoping to raise at least £1000.00 and are over half way there, but still need your support.
Anything you can give would be appreciated, and will genuinely help in the fight against this horrible condition.  

Donating is easy. Please visit our just giving page to donate on line.

Or if you prefer to send a cheque please make it payable to Bright Red and send this to

Caroline Riley
IPS Flow Systems
Seaham Grange Industrial Estate
Co Durham

Many thanks for your support – we really appreciate it.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Vätternrundan 2016 – Update

Well they did it! 
We are pleased to report that Caroline, Chris, Andrew and Paul successfully completed the 300K Vätternrundan on Saturday afternoon.

  The Start

Paul, Caroline and Chris
Andrew, Caroline and Chris

Starting at 22.02 (precisely) on Friday night, they set off into the night, full of excitement and enthusiasm. However, after about 80K, the high spirits were dampened when the rain started. This wasn’t drizzle, this was a full blown downpour, which lasted over two hours, in the pitch dark! By the time they got to a rest stop, they were cold and wet through. However, after having taken on board some carbs, and one of the team buying an additional, dry top, they were off again, determined to make the end.

For various reasons, they split up and made it to the end at their own pace, triumphant but shattered, hardly surprising when you look at the time it took them (including stops) to complete the route.

Paul Johnson – 13 Hours 39 Minutes
Caroline Riley – 15 Hours 20 Minutes
Chris Riley - 15 Hours 20 Minutes
Andrew Lamb -  16 Hours 08 Minutes

A brilliant effort for a great cause.  Well done to all of them.