Spring 2013

Pedal power

James Fisher group finance director Stuart Kilpatrick has signed up for an unusual charity challenge this summer – pedalling through the night along a course that takes in some of London’s most famous landmarks.

The Nightrider challenge will take place over the weekend of 8/9 June, from midnight onwards on Saturday night. Starting at Alexandra Palace, Stuart will join around three thousand hi-viz wearing participants who will pedal 100km (65 miles) around a course that takes in London’s most iconic sights – including Tower Bridge, St Paul’s, Canary Wharf, London Zoo, the Houses of Parliament and the Albert Hall. The ride will also involve a punishing climb up to Whitestone Pond in Hampstead – London’s highest point, at 139 metres above sea level.

Last year’s event raised over two million pounds for charity and attracted some notable celebrity participants, including Ben Fogle and Princess Eugenie. This year, organisers Classic Tours have set a fundraising target of £2.5 million.

The course is likely to take over four hours, so Stuart is looking forward to a large contingent of James Fisher employees lining the route and cheering him on.

Stuart explains:

“It’s going to be a tough but enjoyable challenge. I’m not sure what’s going to be worse, cycling 100km or the sleep deprivation!”

Stuart hopes to complete the challenge whilst raising money for his nominated charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Newbury Cancer Care, and Diabetes UK.

Stuart adds:

“It has been quite humbling to receive so much support, such incredible generosity and so many good wishes. It is very much appreciated.”

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