Revolution CT raises over £31,000 in #TeamHamish Rainbow Ride
9 ambitious cyclists have smashed their £20,000 target and raised over £31,304 by cycling 1,000 miles in 7 days.
The Nairn based cycle team, Revolution CT, took on the gruelling challenge to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for local charity, #TeamHamish. David Nicoll, Steve Donaldson, Jason Robertson, Alan Munro, Colin Leslie, Stephen Fraser, Karel Dolak, Gary Erskine and Russell Gourley volunteered to cycle the 1,000 miles, pushing themselves to new limits for the charity.
The #TeamHamish charity was set up by Hamish Hey’s parents to honour his memory. Hamish passed away at the age of 8 in 2017 following a rare and aggressive form of tissue cancer (Metastatic Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma) and an inoperable brainstem tumour (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas).
Revolution CT Cyclist, Steve Donaldson, said:
“When David Nicoll asked if we would like to join him and help raise money for this fantastic and most deserving cause there was absolutely no hesitation from any of the riders. #TeamHamish aims to create special family areas in Nairn for all ages and abilities to enjoy, ensuring Hamish’s memory lives on.
“Nine months of planning, fundraising and the odd bit of training and we were ready to go! This is a much bigger challenge than many people realise. Every day we cycled an average distance of 145miles. Over the course of the seven days, we each climbed the equivalent elevation of twice the height of Mt Everest. This really is an incredibly difficult challenge. That said, we chose this route for the ride to make it more difficult than the ‘average’ Lands End to John O’Groats cycle.
“The challenge for us is over, but the Hey family face a much bigger challenge every day of their lives. This is what helped drive us on to the finish.”
Revolution CT contacted local businesses to sponsor the challenge and had a great response. Housebuilder Springfield Properties donated £1,000 to help with travel costs, Highland Spring donated water and Project E2 Nutrition provided energy drinks and gels to give the team a boost on the road. 11 time world champion and 6 time Olympic champion, Sir Chris Hoy, endorsed the challenge as well.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to those who have sponsored our ride – and those that are still donating to the cause! It’s such a great achievement to have completed this challenge and to have raised so much money to support Hamish’s family’s wish to create special places in Nairn.”