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Team of strangers to raise money for Meeting Needs at Silverstone cyclathon

Five-strong team that claims to have never met before to take on charity cycling challenge at F1 track

Web: Silverstone Wing Conference & Exhibition Centre

A team of five event professionals – who claim to have never met before – are raising money for Meeting Needs by taking part in the Event Industry Cyclathon around the Silverstone grand prix circuit.

Central Hall Westminster MD Paul Southern, EMA chair Richard Waddington, VisitBritain’s Chris Foy, Off to Work’s Philip Atkins and Chris McQue from Worldwide Events are taking part in the three-hour cycling challenge at the F1 track on Thursday 25 May to raise money for the events industry charity.

Paul Southern said: “We ride as a team for three hours around the Silverstone grand prix track against other teams from the event industry - and try to do more laps than any other team.

“The track is 3.6 miles long and as I have never done anything like this before, I have no idea how many laps we will complete. Also I don't know how good or bad my team mates are, therefore I have absolutely no idea how this will go.

“I would hope we could work as a team and target completing 12 laps - which would mean we would need to do 15 miles per hour solidly for 3 hours... but I may be way off.

“So have some fun with your bidding: you could decide to only pay for the laps after 10 laps with a bonus after 12, or you could just give a set figure, but whatever you choose to do - just give some money.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the team of strangers can do so at their Just Giving page

The Silverstone Wing Conference & Exhibition Centre will play host to the event, where the winners will be the team that can complete the most laps of Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit in three hours.

Chris Zachar, head of sales at Silverstone Circuits, is also heading up a team at the event. He said: “We are all looking forward to hosting this event especially as it’s all about good causes in the event industry and it makes great use of the flexibility and usability of the venue and event spaces. The other teams seem to be very accomplished riders so we are slightly nervous about the challenge ahead.”

There will be three other teams, each led by event industry figures; Trever Foley of tfconnect riding for Events for Namuwongo, Laura Moody of Blondefish riding for Walk Tall and Nick Grecian of Gallowglass representing Howards Way Walk.

Moody said: “This is a wonderful initiative. Cycling is hugely popular amongst event professionals and being able to ride on the Silverstone Circuit with the support of the events team and the Silverstone Wing itself is very exciting.”

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