Jelly legs, lack of sleep and no energy did not stop McGee’s cycling team give the Dunwich Dynamo their all to help raise vital funds for the company’s Charity of the Year, Joining Jack – the charity that is fighting to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
The legendary moonlit bike ride – nicknamed the Dun Run – started at London Fields in Hackney and finished around 120 miles later on Dunwich Beach in Suffolk. Beginning at about 8pm, thousands of cyclists headed out of London on Saturday 16th July, with their long journey finishing at some point on Sunday morning.
McGee’s team, formed of Officers from the City of London Police, a member of the London Ambulance Service (LAS) Cycle Team, Kerry Hennessy – McGee’s Training Manager, and Emma Attwood – McGee’s Marketing & Communications Manager, joined every type of cycling life on their journey – from tandem-riders and couriers to those tackling the ride on a Brompton; some even in fancy dress.
As infrequent cyclists, Kerry and Emma were proud to have achieved a respectable 35 mile stint. Whilst Stuart, Ben and Curt from the City of London Police, and Eva from the LAS Cycle Team completed the full 120 miles.
Emma said: “I am really proud that Kerry and I managed to cycle as far as we did. Our stint started in Epping at 9:30pm and we arrived in Finchingfield at 01:30am – with a couple of pit stops in between. So that we didn’t hold the others back, they continued on their journey through-the-night and we re-joined them to cycle the final 5 miles together to Dunwich Beach.
“As infrequent cyclists we really stepped out of our comfort zones to take part in the ride. There were several hill climbs that were so tough, but we were determined not to give in.
“The encouragement from other cyclists and residents clapping and cheering on the streets outside their homes to witness the annual event for themselves was amazing.
“One thing I learnt is that your mind is a very powerful thing; giving you the ability to achieve anything if you really stay committed and focussed. It was fantastic to be a part of and a truly unforgettable experience.”
Despite the jelly legs, lack of sleep and no energy, the whole team – including their fantastic support crew – captured a happy moment and feeling of accomplishment on Dunwich Beach just after sunrise on Sunday 17th July (pictured above).
Through the team’s Just Giving page, they are delighted to have raised nearly £800 for Joining Jack, which will help continue to fund vital research into finding a cure for DMD.
Kerry said: “I would like to thank Stuart, Ben, Curt and Eva for doing this for Joining Jack. I would also like to thank everyone who sponsored us so very generously.”