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“Ouch!”

Ouch…that hurt! 3 days, 8 hours and 35 minutes produces a bad back, blisters and sore legs. toss in a highly inappropriate saddle, which violated a number of the Collect a Case staff and you have a recipe for agonising pain.

Yes, that’s right folks! I’m talking about the Collect a Case charity fund-raiser for baby Martha, raising money for Genetic Disorders UK. Martha has a rare genetic condition called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome which is a result of a genetic difference in chromosome 4 and it’s estimated to occur in 1 in 50,000 births.

Collect a Case staff donated time, money and bodies to help this worthy cause. We threw everything at completing this 850 mile static bike challenge from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, resulting in aching limbs, exhausted and very saddle sore work colleagues.

We started off with great pace and high enthusiasm. The presence of a local journalist on Monday gave us greater impetus to start strong, although the efforts to make ourselves look good for the camera did decrease somewhat after the first 30 seconds, with sweat pouring off our brows and frantic gasps for water (please judge the photos for yourself).

Collect a Case staff donated time, money and bodies to help this worthy cause. We threw everything at completing this 850 mile static bike challenge from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, resulting in aching limbs, exhausted and very saddle sore work colleagues.

Day 2 was quickly dubbed ‘saddle-soreness’ day. I mention ouch earlier…but, OMG! Trying to continue the buzz and positive atmosphere in the office was challenging. I could see the fear in people’s eyes as they desperately tried to find any reason to get out of cycling…suddenly a noise of coughs and sneezes could be heard echoing off the walls and the excuses started to flow (not mentioning any names).

Up stepped Fiona Mckillop, who started the cycle once again despite feeling under the weather and suffering badly from the unfriendly saddle the day before. Fiona’s action cranked up the buzz which had waned somewhat earlier in the day. In no time, we had created an army of cyclists eagerly queuing to participate and pedal their way up the country, passing each notable city and landmark along the way, from the comfort of this never ending ‘nag’ of the saddle.

There were several sterling performances but the highlight of the week was definitely seeing our amazing team spirit shine through which created an eagerness for each volunteer to smash their own personal times. At the end of ‘saddle-soreness’ day we had covered a third of the distance, paving the way for us to have a grandstand finish a day earlier than predicted.

We raised an impressive £340 for our chosen charity and I would like to take this opportunity in thanking all our directors, management, friends and family, but most importantly our Collect a Case staff for their time, contribution and willingness to participate in such a worthy cause.

Well done and a very big thank you to all.

 

 

“Ouch!” was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by simon.proudfoot

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