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Cyclists power through 392 miles to raise over £4,800

The Tour des Hubs team (l-r): Francis Wight, Tom Garrood, Anna Malan, Rachel Tait, Catherine Ollington and Catherine Mitchell

Press release issued: 22 April 2016

A group of determined cyclists have pushed and pedalled themselves to the limit by cycling 392 miles in six days, raising more than £4,800 for charity in the process.

The saddle-sore team, who all work for the Student Hubs volunteering network, began their fundraising mission in Leamington Spa before passing through Oxford, Bristol, Southampton, Winchester, London and finishing in Cambridge.

Dubbed the 'Tour des Hubs', the route took in the 10 universities where Student Hubs are based – including the University of Bristol, where team member Tom Garrood works as Sustainability Engagement Manager at Bristol Hub.

Reflecting on the six day cycling challenge, Tom said: "What an amazing experience. I'm so happy to have made it all the way round the 392 miles. It's great to know what we can achieve when we put our minds to it and it's even better to know that it's all for a good cause.

"My personal highlight was the fantastic Bristol to Bath Cycle path on day three. Thank you to all those who have donated so far and who are planning to donate, it really does make a huge difference."

The Student Hubs network supports committees of student leaders to learn, connect and do something to tackle social issues through volunteering, skilled placements, project incubation and engagement events.

Projects include student volunteers tutoring in Bristol schools, teaching children to code, and community gardening. This academic year, over 150 students volunteer regularly in Bristol, with another 150 involved in other charitable activities.

Money raised through the challenge will go towards Student Hubs' work to support student community volunteering and local projects that are in need.

For more information, and to sponsor the team, please see their fundraising page.

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