Heathrow staff pedal power wins air race

Air­port work­ers take to ex­er­cise bikes for char­ity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HEATHROW Air­port staff raised more than £100,000 for char­ity by ‘rac­ing’ a plane across the At­lantic – and win­ning.

Twenty eight teams of 13 rid­ers from Heathrow Air­port, and its part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions, com­peted on ex­er­cise bikes, set up in the check-in area of Ter­mi­nal 5, to cy­cle 3,452 miles.

Their goal was to beat a vir­tual plane trav­el­ling from New York to Heathrow.

Start­ing at 12.40pm, each team mem­ber took it in turns to cy­cle 30 minute stints to reach the tar­get.

The race fin­ished at 6.20pm with vic­tory for the bikes.

With an av­er­age com­bined speed of 607 mph, the bikes beat the plane by 88 miles, with HSS Hire as the strong­est team, cov­er­ing the great­est dis­tance in the fastest time.

John Hol­land-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Air­port, said: “I am re­ally proud that the Heathrow com­mu­nity has come to­gether to raise over £100,000 for our char­ity part­ner, Ox­fam.

“As well as rais­ing nearly £500,000 for Ox­fam over the past three years, Heathrow also helps Ox­fam get to its projects around the world, and pro­vides the vi­tal trad­ing links that raise liv­ing stan­dards in emerg­ing coun­tries.”

Ox­fam sup­ported more than 11 mil­lion peo­ple last year, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing clean wa­ter to 3.6 mil­lion peo­ple and bet­ter san­i­ta­tion to 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple, help­ing to pre­vent the spread of dis­ease.

Cordelia Kret­zschmar, head of pub­lic re­la­tions at Ox­fam GB, said: “Once again the peo­ple at Heathrow have gone to ex­tra­or­di­nary lengths to help pedal Ox­fam to­wards its goal of end­ing poverty for good.

“£100,000 will pay for Ox­fam to set up a clean wa­ter sup­ply to 60 schools, or build more than 2,000 toi­lets in refugee camps.

“When they took on the plane, they made a dif­fer­ence to the lives of thou­sands of peo­ple around the world.

“We are ex­tremely grate­ful, and im­pressed with the ef­forts.”

n TAK­ING OFF: The cy­clists ‘raced’ the plane in Ter­mi­nal 5

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