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easyJet Crew Cycle The Cyclone

Monday, 30 July 2012

A team of keen cyclists from easyJet's Newcastle base has completed the Northumberland Cyclone charity cycle, covering more than 100 miles.

The group of four pilots; Al Thorogood, Tom Davis, Graeme Blairtook and Steve Freeman took part in the Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge which started and finished at the Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club, Kingston Park.

The team of cyclists raised more than £1,400 in much needed funds for their two chosen charities The Toma Fund and Princess Ellie's Trust.

Two easyJet cabin crew members at Newcastle have lost close family members to Meningitis and Cancer in the past, which is why the team wanted to support these small local charities.

The Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge is not a competitive race but instead offers three cycle rides of differing distances and difficulties to test the fitness of those who compete. Riders set off in groups of 60 at two minute intervals throughout the morning and cycled through the 'Secret County' of Northumberland - through the countryside and on quiet roads.

Al Thorogood, team captain and easyJet pilot said: "The weather didn't dampen our spirits - we all got our heads down and did our bit for charity. This was my second year doing the Virgin Cyclone event and I pushed myself to the limit this time as I unfortunately didn't complete the full 104 miles last year."

"All the team were extremely excited about taking part in such a big event and to top it off we raised a phenomenal amount of money for two fantastic charities. I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to easyJet who helped get the fundraising underway with a generous £500 donation."

Donations can still be pledged by visiting www.justgiving/Easyjet-NCL