At NRL, we value the communities we work in, which is why we feel it is our social and corporate responsibility to give back to them. For us charity means supporting a cause that you are passionate about, so when we heard that one of our contacts Graham Wood was competing in the Indian Himalayan cycle challenge 2014, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support they wanted to get behind him and support his cause.
The Macmillan Himalayan Cycle Challenge is a gruelling 315 mile sportive ride for charity, which is spread across 9 days around the heady heights of the Himalayas. The cycling route starts at the Golden Temple of Amritsar on the edge of the Himalayas and finishes in Shimla, which lies in the south-western ranges of the Himalayas. The course is renowned for being a demanding cycle and includes sharp climbs and thrilling descents of over 1,500m through the Dhauladhar Mountains, following the contours of the outermost range of the western Himalayas.
Graham Wood has competed in cycles for Macmillan before in countries such as Cambodia, Brazil and South Africa and understands how physically demanding the events can be; training rigorously in preparation for each cycle. Graham puts his motivation down to being inspired by the good cause he is raising money for and the challenge of completing what are very enjoyable but also very testing courses across the world, saying that:
“The Himalayan Challenge 2014 was the 5th Macmillan cycling event I have participated in and it was by far the most difficult ride I have ever done. The ride was over 52 hours cycling, 287 miles and involved 29,320 feet of ascent which is 291 feet more than Everest! Although the cycle was gruelling at times I found the experience to be very rewarding and I am proud to have raised £4,281.60 for Macmillan which is a charity that truly helps to improve the lives of others.”
Gillian Gomersall, ME&I Director comments on Graham’s fundraising efforts;
“It’s great to meet someone who is willing to take on a challenge and push themselves to raise money and awareness of a charity such as Macmillan which provides highly valued support when it is needed most. I commend Graham in his efforts and would like to congratulate him on raising £4,281.60 which is 108% over his initial target of £3,950.00 – Well Done from all of the team at NRL”.