Cyclists take on London to Brighton challenge

Date: Wednesday 23 July 2014

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A team of 11 cyclists, including six Taylor Wimpey staff, have raised over £1,800 for the British Heart Foundation by taking part in the iconic London-to-Brighton cycle ride.

Taylor Wimpey’s James Macdonald, Barbara Proctor, David Brotherwood, Lynn McIver, Mark Fitzgerald and Kate Gardner, along with a few friends and relatives, took on the challenge in June. The team are from our Southern Counties office, the South East Division Legal Hub and Strategic Land team (also based at the Southern Counties offices in Hampshire).

Towards the end of the 54-mile route from Clapham to the coast, the cyclists faced a gruelling near 600ft climb up Ditchling Beacon, the highest point in East Sussex, with a gradient of 26% in some places.

After nearly 50 miles of cycling, it was challenge for everyone in the group, whether they were still pedalling or pushing.

Conveyancing Executive James said: “It started out with a few of us riding bikes to work and then deciding to do a cycling based challenge. London to Brighton seemed the obvious one to do as it’s so well known and is for such a good cause.

“It was a really satisfying experience. I found it quite overwhelming when we crossed the last hill and rolled down to Brighton being cheered on by the crowds leading up to the finish line. 

“We are really pleased to have raised so much money, and would like to thank everyone who’s supported us.”

Anyone who would like to donate to boost the team’s fundraising total can do so at