On Friday 1st August, a team of cyclists from architecture and building consultancy practice AHR will set out on a 650-mile cycle tour from Glasgow to London, stopping at each of AHR’s eight UK offices.
The tour will arrive in London on Friday the 8th of August and the riders will participate in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey100 on Sunday the 10th, bringing the total distance covered to 750 miles.
The AHR Cycle Tour is being undertaken in aid of Cancer Research UK and is sponsored by URS, Newforma, Enterprise, Waterfront Insurance and Sowersby Brothers Cycles. The team hopes to raise a total of £25,000 to support the charity’s vital work to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
The tour is being led by AHR director Malcolm Ellis who was treated for prostate cancer at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds in 2010. Inspired by the treatment he received, Malcolm galvanised support from his fellow directors and staff around the practice to bring his idea of ‘Le Tour d’AHR’ to life.
Malcolm and close friend Paul Coleman will complete the full tour together with AHR staff from each office joining them for various stages, with a total of 50 riders participating over the course of the week.
Malcolm Ellis, Director of AHR and leader of the AHR Cycle Tour, said, “I am very grateful to be taking on this challenge with tremendous support from every office, from friends, family and our sponsors. Sure it's a long way but every pound raised will be put to good use by Cancer Research UK and will make a difference to so many”.
Brian Johnson, Chairman of AHR, said, “It’s a gruelling challenge that Malcolm is undertaking for an outstanding cause. All our staff and directors are providing support wherever possible, from actually undertaking sections of the ride to raising money through baking cakes and other events. The entire practice wishes Malcolm and Paul the best of luck and we will keep our fingers crossed that the fine weather continues until they cross the finishing line.”
Becky Dixon, Cancer Research UK’s Local Fundraising Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Malcolm and AHR decided to take on such a huge challenge for Cancer Research UK.
“It’s been inspiring to see them all so involved with fundraising beforehand and so many joining up to take part in the cycle ride – they’ve even got me on a bike to join in for a section of the route!”
“Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer and continues to do so. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund our vital research.”
AHR Cycle Tour Itinerary
Glasgow | 01 August
The AHR Cycle Tour will depart from AHR’s Glasgow office at noon on Friday, 01 August. The group will ride a short distance to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and from there will set out on the first stage of the tour. The riders will cycle from Glasgow to Leeds, arriving on the afternoon of Sunday, 03 August.
AHR Glasgow | No 1 Cadogan Square | Cadogan Street | Glasgow G2 7HF
Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome | Emirates Arena |1000 London Road | G40 3HG
Leeds | 04 August
The tour will depart from AHR’s Leeds office on Monday, 04 August.
The tour will arrive at AHR’s Huddersfield office on Monday, 04 August for a short stop. They will ride along the Tour de France route over the big climb of Holme Moss and will be joined by local MP Jason MCartney, who will also ride the climb.
AHR Huddersfield | Norwich Union House | High Street | Huddersfield | HD1 2LF
Manchester | 04 August
The tour will arrive at the Manchester Velodrome on Monday, 04 August. The tour will then continue to AHR’s Manchester office for a brief stop. From there they will continue their journey towards Shrewsbury.
National Cycling Centre | Stuart Street | Manchester | M11 4DQ
AHR Manchester | Parsonage Chambers | 3 The Parsonage | Manchester | M3 2HW
Shrewsbury | 05 August
The tour will arrive at AHR’s Shrewsbury office on Tuesday, 05 August. From there they will continue their journey to Birmingham.
AHR Shrewsbury | 21 St Mary's Street | Shrewsbury | SY1 1ED
Birmingham | 05 August
The tour will arrive at AHR’s Birmingham office on Tuesday, 05 August for a brief stop before continuing to AHR’s Bristol office.
The team will cycle into London on Friday, 08 August. Their first stop will be Cancer Research UK’s Head Office in Islington. From there they will continue to the Lee Valley VeloPark at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The tour will finish when the riders arrive at AHR’s London office.
Cancer Research UK | Angel Building, 407 St John Street, London EC1V 4AD
Lee Valley VeloPark | Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park | E20 3AB
AHR London |5-8 Hardwick Street | London | EC1R 4RG
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