A group of hardy cyclists were celebrating with well-deserved pizza and beer last night (September 9), after raising £10,000 for the Architects Benevolent Society by cycling from Glasgow to London in four days.
The "Archi-Velo" peloton of over 20 riders rolled into New London Architecture (NLA) yesterday evening, having ridden 460 miles, including beautiful roads and challenging climbing in the Lake District, Forest of Bowland and Peak District. A mid-way stop in Manchester came before yesterday’s last leg from Market Harborough to NLA in the Building Centre.
The group was greeted by friends, family and the chief executive of the Architects' Benevolent Society (ABS), Robert Ball, who praised the efforts of the group in helping to raise money for architects to rebuild their lives when in need.
"It’s a heartfelt thanks," he said. "The money goes to people who really do need it."
The ABS is the only UK charity for architects, assistants, technologists, landscape architects and their dependants. It gives practical help to people of all ages who have experienced illness, accident, bereavement or other personal misfortune. Support includes grants, loans and advice.
NLA chairman and Velocity columnist Peter Murray took part in the ride, alongside NLA’s Lucie Murray. He added that it had been a "fantastic ride", even if he had been slightly anxious about his hardy Glaswegian cycling colleagues. "The riding was amazing – beautiful in many places, tough in others. And I was right – they are tough, these Glaswegians, and quite hard to keep up with."
It’s not too late to give to the charity – the link to the group's Just Giving page is here