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Alumni get in the saddle

27 July 2009

Nine alumni recently embarked on a 1,000-mile cycle challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease research.

Alison Say (BA 1996), Adam Hunt (BSc 1998), Jo Hutchins (BA 1998), Karim Karmali (BSc 1998), Richard Smith (BSc 1998), Feisal Ahmad (BSc 1999), Christopher Ayres (MEng 2000), Mark Durnall (BDS 2000) and Ben Jordan (MB ChB 2002) all got on their bikes in memory of Jo's father Jim, who passed away from the disease two years ago. Along with members and friends of the Hutchins family, the nine alumni raised a total of £40,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The twelve-day journey took them over the hills of Cornwall, round the edges of Dartmoor, across the Somerset level and into the gentle rolling countryside of Gloucestershire, Hereford and Worcester, past the urban sprawl of Manchester, Liverpool and Bolton, across the Yorkshire Dales, skirting the Lake District before crossing the Northern border into Scotland and finally up the East coast towards John O’Groats. 

Jim’s wife Briony said: 'It has been a truly humbling and emotional experience and I must thank all the riders, support team, sponsors and all the generous people who have donated. Jim would have whole-heartedly approved of the event and been amazed at the amount of money that everybody has helped to raise'.