London's financial professionals recently donned their cycling shorts to raise over £20,000 for JDRF, the world's leading not-for-profit supporter of type 1 diabetes research.
The Spin to Cure Diabetes event challenged 33 teams of five to push their bodies to the limit over eight-minute interval sprints on static Watt bikes outside the Royal Exchange, London.
JDRF challenged Londoners to spend their lunch hour spinning to raise awareness and vital funding for type 1 diabetes research and were thrilled by the high uptake. Most competitors have either had a personal experience of type 1 diabetes or simply relished the competitive element of the event.
Teams included staff from Ascot Underwriting, Schroders, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal London Asset Management and Macquarie Group, the principal national supporter of the Spin to Cure Diabetes.
Macquarie Group worked with JDRF to host the fourth series of bike-a-thons in London, Birmingham, Bristol, and Leeds this summer, with Nuffield Heath supporting the event as Fitness Partner. BOOM! Cycle, providers of indoor cycling classes, mceed the London event and bikes were provided by TEAMcycles.
The fastest team from Macquarie, ‘Agenor’s Army’, achieved a distance of 29,069 metres in forty minutes. Simon Coles from AON Benfield was crowned the ‘King of Spin’, covering 6,197 metres in eight minutes and Charlotte Peat from Schroders was crowned the ‘Queen of Spin’ with a distance of 5,042 metres.
Money raised by the event will help JDRF continue to fund important research needed to find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its devastating complications. Around 400,000 people in the UK have type 1 diabetes, including 26,000 children and incidences of the condition are increasing at an alarming rate each year, particularly in children under five. Only research will find the cure and all money raised will bring JDRF one step closer to its goal of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Caroline Hellicar, JDRF’s Director of Fundraising, said: 'There was a fantastic atmosphere at the event, with participants cycling hard, the crowd roaring their encouragement and teams cheering each other on to get the best time of the day. We believe the London event will have raised more than £20,000, so this is a marvellous achievement and well done to all involved'.
David Fass, CEO, Macquarie Group, EMEA said: 'Macquarie is proud to be a key supporter of JDRF in the UK and we were delighted when the Macquarie team triumphed, coming first against some incredibly strong competition. Events like this really help JDRF raise the profile of type 1 and we will continue to assist the Foundation in its important work for people with type 1 diabetes and their families'.
Visit www.spintocurediabetes.org.uk for further information