Steve Richards, who works as Financial Controller for the Skelmersdale-based building contractor Sustainable Building Services (UK) Limited, has recently completed a mammoth cycle tour and marathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
His epic undertaking entailed a two day, 420 mile cycle ride from Pontefract to Paris and, on the following day, running the Paris Marathon. On days four and five, Steve and 12 other fundraisers then cycled home again. The undertaking was made harder on the very first day of the trek when Steve fell from his bike at 4:30am and sustained minor injuries to his leg.
By the end of his five-day journey, Steve had covered almost 700 miles on two wheels, and 26.2 miles on foot. Collectively, the whole team cycled approximately 8,400 miles and ran nearly 160 miles.
Like the other members of the group, Steve trained hard in some of the worst weather seen in years. Nevertheless, the team maintained excellent morale, and the desire to meet a £10,000 fundraising target provided all the motivation they needed.
Steve notes: “In the past I have done four Ironman races and I’ve ridden from Lands End to John O’Groats but this was undoubtedly the hardest thing I’ve ever done. The final day was a true test of endurance as we were already so fatigued from both physical exertion and sleep deprivation, but we kept each other’s spirits up in the knowledge that we had beaten our fundraising target along the way.”
Sustainable Building Services pledged £250 of support, as did sister company PermaRock Products. In all, the team raised over £12,000, but they are still keen to raise more.
Anyone wishing to support the team’s fundraising efforts can do by visiting their page on the JustGiving website – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-strutt3. The page also tells the story that originally inspired the trip.
Steve joined Sustainable Building Services in 2017. More information about the company and its work can be found on its website: www.sustainablebuildinguk.com.