Industry leaders complete 250 mile charity cycle ride challenge

The team in Paris at the end of the challenge.

A team of five industry heavyweights took on a 250 mile charity cycle ride challenge to raise money for Springboard last weekend.

Crystaltech MD, Derek Maher was joined by Malcolm Harling of Williams Refrigeration, Vince Wetherell from MCS Tech Products, Phil Coulstock from Smeg UK and Tony Thomas of JLA.

Named ‘Team Cesa’ the group took on the Springboard Team Velo challenge and cycled over 250 miles from London to Paris, raising £3,500 of their £2,000 target.

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The team have a background of endurance events. Maher has 15 consecutive London Marathons to his name, Malcolm Harling has completed Ride London 100 twice, Tony Thomas has a 300 mile charity cycle ticked off his list of accomplishments, Vince Wetherell has done a few 100 mile Sportives and Phil Coulstock has taken part in a variety of events such as London to Paris in 2014, Venice to Milan in 2015 and a 60 mile night ride around London City centre.

Maher said: “As a keen cyclist, I’ve taken part in quite a few long-distance cycle challenges and was really pleased that our team came 7th out of 16 teams in the challenge.  We are also delighted to have been able to raise well over our target for such a worthwhile cause and by doing something we all love.”

The charity Springboard exists to help young people achieve their potential and aims to help the unemployed into a sustainable field of work.

It also strives to alleviate poverty by supporting those facing barriers into sustainable employment within the hospitality industry.

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