Well done runner and riders! 

26/06/2017 00:00 
Many congratulations to all the riders and runner, Richard Smith, who completed a 220 mile trek from UCLH to Manchester in 30 degree heat.


Richard Smith, Trust (UCLH) deputy security adviser, did seven consecutive marathons with just a UCLH Charity cuddly bear for company. Averaging 30 miles a day, Richard finished the run in flip flops as his feet had swollen so much he couldn’t fit into his running trainers.

Richard admitted that he did at times chat to his bear. “Sometimes when I needed a little help, Proton Bear (as he had become nicknamed given the PBT cause) would push me on through!” he said.

Around 20 cyclists did the distance over two days, with another group taking just a day to complete the challenge. The fastest rider, Dale Lush, who previously was part of the Phase 4 project team, completed the 220 miles in 12 hours of ride time, an average speed of 17.3 miles per hour.

Steve Last, project finance accountant, who arranged the bike ride, said: “Cycling (or in the case of Richard, running) 220 miles is a great achievement, especially in the heat we experienced. Everyone involved should be really proud of what they have accomplished.”

While the UCLH riders headed north, our chief executive Marcel Levi went east, riding with 80 colleagues from the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Marcel said “It is a great achievement for all the riders and I would also like to thank Steve Last for arranging the PBT ride. Certainly next year, I will be part of the UCLH team, though it would be nice to start at Manchester and come downhill!”

With just over £13,000 raised (including gift aid) the team are really grateful for all donations. For more photos of the run and ride, and to donate, visit the Just Giving page.

The PBT ride was supported by a number of different companies and individuals and we thank them all: Cycle Republic & OTE Sport, Varian Medical Systems, The Royal Yeomanry Leicester, HMU & Interserve, Paul Dryden & Stuart Sams, Claire Hammond, L’Express, and Mike Vaughan Cycles & Carsington Sport & Leisure.

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