Aviva cyclists ride through the night to support Railway Children charity

Cyclists rode through the night in the name of charity last week.

An Aviva team took on the 'how far can you go in 20:12' challenge to raise funds for the insurance giants current chosen charity, Railway Children.

From 3.48pm on Wednesday through to midday on Thursday the Aviva team of 24 cyclists and one runner tested exactly how far they could travel in 20 hours and 12 minutes.

Steve Plane, one of the events organisers, said: 'We managed by the end a massive total of 3,927 miles, which is the same as cycling from London to Indiana (in the USA).

'Our base was Willow House at Broadland Business Park, where we checked in and out for each of our laps and kept stocked up on food and drink.

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'Each lap was a 17-mile loop running down the Plumstead/Salhouse road to Panxsworth and running back in through the countryside via Blofied Heath.

'It was a brilliant event, the weather was perfect with little to no wind and just the right temperature.'

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Aviva supported the event by allowing the team time off and use of Willow House, while Cycles UK Norwich, based in London Street, came along before the start to help prepare the riders and ensure all the bikes were up to scratch for the event.

And while all the time had to battle through the pain, there were two exceptional examples.

John Barrett, the one runner, managed to complete 64 miles in 11 hours before his knees and tiredness overcame him, and Paul Childerhouse, who powered through to cycle 306 miles.

Steve added: 'The support everyone gave each other was fantastic with a real 'party' atmosphere throughout. Tiredness and aches and pains started kicking in from midnight and the team spirit helped keep everyone motivated to push through the pain barrier.

'Everyone was a hero and pushed past their limits for this special event. Without each other's support we wouldn't have achieved so much.'

The funds raised for the charity, which campaigns for homeless children around the world, are still being collected, but if you would like to support the Norfolk Aviva's teams cause, search for the Railway Children page at www.virginmoneygiving.com and view 'past events'.

- Have you got a story for Local Life? Contact editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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