API employees prepare for 260 mile charity cycle

Four employees at API are preparing to take part in a mammoth, three-day bike ride for charity. The cycle, which will see them travel 260 miles, is in aid of Children in Need, Dementia UK, Breast Cancer Now, and Vision Beyond Autism.

The group of five riders – including one from Stora Enso Consumer Board, a major API supply partner – will set out from API’s facility in Poynton, Cheshire on 12th May, arriving at its facility in Livingston, Scotland two days later on the 14th. They will average 87 miles and 6,000 feet of climbing per day.

“The idea came up during a meeting of the API charity committee, and it quickly developed until we had a route nailed on,” says Mark Guyer, Head of Operational Excellence at API. “It’s a serious challenge and has required a great deal of training and commitment from all the riders. Personally, I’m looking forward to finishing!”

The route, which covers roughly a third of the length of the UK, will take the cyclists over some of the most testing – and picturesque – terrain in the country. They will pass through towns and villages such as Hawes and Coniston, tackle challenging areas including Kielder Forest and the notorious climb Fleet Moss, and ride for stretches along the Pennine Way and beside the River Tweed.

“Our target is to raise £2,000, and at the moment we’re over £1,500,” says Mark. “Many thanks to everyone who has donated so far, and to anyone yet to do so.”

To sponsor the riders, visit their Virgin Money Giving page.