You’d think after collectively static-cycling 100 miles just a few weeks ago that the team at Haggie Partners would have had enough of the sport. While this may be true, it didn’t stand in the way of us participating in this year’s City Giving Day challenge in association with the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
On Tuesday morning, we bravely made our way from the office to Old Roadway, ready to compete against teams of like-minded office folk in a challenge that saw participants static-cycle as fast and as far as possible in just eight minutes each. No pressure!
Representing Haggie Partners was Emma ‘The Mini Machine’ McCarthy; Jo ‘Bradders’ Bernhard; Sarah ‘The Speed’ Shephard; Becks ‘The Express’ and ‘Racing’ Richard Adams. Team Haggie was truly a sight to behold (partly because tomato red really isn’t our colour!).
The atmosphere on Old Roadway held that sort of electricity only generated by a coming together of people for a great cause. The merriment only increased with a visit from the Lord Mayor himself, who took the time to congratulate and encourage the selfless (and sweaty) participants.
Before we knew it, it was Go Time. After a triumphant start, Team Haggie began its slow (if slightly inevitable) descent down the leader board, but that didn’t dampen our spirits!
After 40 minutes of intense static-cycling, the race was finally through. Coming in a humble 21st of 22, Team Haggie is keen to remind all readers that it isn’t the winning but the taking part that counts! When pitted against personal trainers, seasoned cyclists and athletic young businesspeople, it’s hardly surprising that a team of financial PR specialists didn’t quite break their way into the top spots!
With this being said, we are edging ever-closer to reaching our fundraising target, with all donations going to The Children’s Literacy Charity: an organisation that provides high-quality, one-to-one literacy intervention for underachieving children who need help building their communication skills and confidence. We’d be hugely appreciative of any post-cycling support and hope that our next challenge will take the form of something slightly less athletic.
Sponsored cheese and wine night, anyone?