On 17th September, a team of four lawyers from Gloucestershire based BPE Solicitors will take on their latest cycling challenge; a 520 mile bike ride organised by Extra Mile Challenges. Senior Partner, John Workman, along with Partner Tim Williams, Associate Solicitor, Matt Jackson, and Solicitor Kathryn Johnston, will be taking part in the challenge in aid of the Footprints Foundation, a charity which tackles the problems facing disadvantaged and vulnerable young and elderly people, and those with significant health issues. Footprints was founded by Bob Holt, Chairman of the Mears Group PLC, who has supported BPE in several similar activities and is known for his charitable work both in the UK and South Africa.
“Another BPE cycling escapade is upon us and we’re all very excited to be taking on this challenge,” John comments. “Each of the team will be taking on different sections of the routes in a relay and we will be cycling through some of the prettiest French countryside, starting with the famous Le Mans track.”
The Extra Mile Challenge will begin in Le Mans, France, and will take place over three days. Each team must cycle over 170 miles per day, and the route will take them through Le Man and the Alpes Mancelles, across the famous Loire valley and over the varied terrain of north Poitiers.
“Some of the team are looking to break personal records on their bikes while some of us will be looking to survive! But as always, it will be a great ride,” John continues. “We’re very grateful to our friends at Footprints who are will be aiding the team during the event and we are happy to be raising money for such a great cause in turn. I would also like to say a big thank you to our brilliant sponsors, GillFoxJames, Pro-Bolt and Brewin Dolphin, to whom we are extremely grateful for their continued help and support.”
This is not the first time members of staff from BPE have taken to their saddles for charity. Both John Workman and Tim Williams took part in a 900 mile bike ride across Europe in April of last year, also raising funds for Footprints.
Associate Solicitor, Matt Jackson, says, “I can’t wait to get out on the bike and experience some of the best cycling in France with such a great team. Although it’s a long way, it is worth it to raise money for a number of incredible charities. Our sponsors have been and continue to be extremely supportive of us here at BPE and of this event, and I’m looking forward to updating them along the way.”
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