Our very own Toby and Nick are taking part in the London to Brighton Cycle Ride this September to raise money for our local rivers.
The route is pretty famous, starting in Clapham Common (London) and travelling 54 miles to Madeira Drive on the Brighton sea front. That is a long way, but let us put it into river units for you…
54 miles is the equivalent of:
- 6.3 Wandles
- 9 Hogsmills
- 2.5 Loddons
- 14.5 Dours
- 0.77 Medways (that sounds less impressive, but it is a long way)
- 86904.6 faggot bundles
The route itself also briefly passes the works delivered by us on the Wandle at Hackbridge – but there is no time for stopping…
We’d really appreciate it if you would sponsor Nick and/or Toby for this mammoth cycle ride.
By doing so you will be helping to raise funds for us which will be used to continue our mission to deliver outstanding river ecosystem enhancement across the south east of England.
To help you choose, we have outlined the rider profiles for you below, including past experience, recent achievements, bad habits and more.
Name: Nick Hale
Build: Rather not say
Nick Hale has never, and will never, consider himself a cyclist.
He first learnt to ride a bike at the young age of 4, but it took 29 years before he had the confidence to take the training wheels off.
That shouldn’t put you off joining Team Hale though, as Nick is a hardworking member of the Trust. Joining just 1 year ago, Nick has already delivered some great projects for us including weir removals, eel passes, river restoration and more.
And if that wasn’t enough, he is hugely competitive, so racing against Toby Hull is the perfect fuel.
Name: Toby Hull
Build: Easy on the eyes, but not the scales…
Toby Hull may not have prepared for this race in a traditional way, but in a sense he has been preparing his whole life.
Toby has always eaten 6 meals a day, bringing in 5 packed lunches to graze on between 9 and 5 – apples, plums, chocolate biscuits, you name it, Toby eats it and does not share it. His daily meal number will likely be increasing to 8 or 10 as the race draws nearer, to build strength and energy reserves.
With a passion for rivers and the outdoors, Toby has never joined a gym and instead gets his exercise by delivering river restoration for the Trust. Favourite exercises included the post knocker front squat and brushwood bundle lifting.
- Beverley Brook Restoration Project
- Reconnecting the Hogsmill to the Thames
- Wetland creation in Richmond Park Golf Course
Finally we like to thank The Rivers Trust for organising this for us and other local trusts to take part it!