Prudential Race: Berkeley Takes it Up a Gear

10th August 2014

Seventeen Berkeley Group employees braced the storms and took to their bikes for the 100 mile Prudential London-Surrey cycle ride on Sunday 10th August.

With over 20,000 cyclists, this was the biggest ever cycling event held in the UK.  Berkeley employees raised collectively over £11,000 for the Berkeley Foundation's various designated charities.  In addition, this amount will then be match-funded by the Berkeley Group.

Stormy conditions prompted the organisers to shorten the route to 86 miles and cut out the Leith Hill and Box Hill section of the route.
 
Taking part and raising money for the Mayor's Fund for London were Adrian Brown from Berkeley Strategic, Angus Michie from St Edward, Sean Ellis and Dean Summers from St James, and Oliver Jolley and Darren Shadbolt from St George.

"I can't remember riding in such heavy rain. It was quite biblical at times!", said Adrian.

Prudential Race, Adrian Brown, Angus Michie and Dean Summers

Pictured: Adrian Brown, Angus Michie and Dean Summers

Prudential Race, James Walker and Tom Bowcock

Pictured: James Walker and Tom Bowcock

"Hurricane Bertha did her worst and it was a fairly miserable day.  Despite missing out the two main climbs which was a shame, I really enjoyed it and was pleased with my time"
Dan Wickham - Land Manager, St George Central, is raising money for Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. 

Darren Shadbolt, Chief Surveyor for St George City, said "People lining the streets, cheering us on were amazing. Even more incredible was the fact that they endured the terrible weather."

Dean Summers, Managing Director of St James London South, (pictured) raised over £2,400 for the Mayor's Fund. "My actual cycling time was under 6 hours, which I'm pleased with considering I only bought the bike at the end of June!"

James Walker, Affordable Housing Director for Berkeley Partnership Homes, (pictured) raised over £6,800 for Shelter with his ride and said, "The conditions were about as bad as they could have been.  It rained so hard it hurt, and the wind in the later stages were enough to stop me in my tracks, but all of that didn't matter a bit when I turned the last corner into The Mall and heard the crowds cheering.  And then the sun came out!". James completed the race in 4 hours 25 minutes. He's very grateful to Dolphin Square Foundation who donated £5000 and paid for his shirt. 

Tom Bowcock, (pictured) a Commercial Graduate from Berkeley Homes (Southern), said "The monsoon like conditions added to the excitement of the day, and I can probably never expect to ride in anything quite like that again.  Coming into Central London through Chelsea was incredible and all of a sudden the pain and fatigue disappeared. The crowds were fantastic."

Dan Wickham, Land Manager, St George (Central London) managed to complete the ride in an incredibly impressive 3 hours 49 mins which would have put him on track to beat his previous year's time despite the weather and a minor crash.  

Congratulations to all the Berkeley Group employees who took part. James Mullens of St George raising money for Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Neil Ramsdale and Ben Van Dijk from St James raising money for the North London Hospice. David Taylor and Jon Vetori from Berkeley Homes and Tom Olsen from Berkeley Group raising money for Queen Elizabeth Foundation, Greg Brydie raising money for the Berkeley Foundation and Sean Chappell from St George raising money for Shelter.