Gruelling challenge raises cash for charity

TOUGH The members of team Timico who did the overnight 62-mile cycle challenge
TOUGH The members of team Timico who did the overnight 62-mile cycle challenge
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IT was a challenge to test both the legs and the determination of any competitor.

But staff from a Fareham firm have returned triumphant after being part of a team that completed the 62-mile Nightrider London cycling event.

In total, 17 riders from internet firm Timico took up the challenge, cycling overnight from around midnight on Saturday and finishing at 7am on Sunday morning.

The team comprised of Tony Tugulu, Neil Armstrong, Bianca Whittle, Darren Hilton, Steven Pumford, Andrew Fox, Luke Johnson, Jessica Woods, Shannon Walker, Tom Avern, Ashton Baptiste, Mark Bowden, Ryan James, Matt O’Neill, Gemma Jones, Nick Smeaton and Wendy Gettings.

They rode a challenging route around some of London’s most famous landmarks, such as St Pauls’ Cathedral, Alexandra Palace, the London Eye, and the National Maritime Museum.

The cyclists also passed through areas including Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Hampstead Heath, the West End and also crossed the Thames half a dozen times while they fought tiredness and muscle fatigue.

While most people in the capital slept, Team Timico raised more than £3,000 for their chosen charity, St John Ambulance.

Neil Armstrong, marketing director at Timico was one of those who took up the challenge.

He said: ‘We all worked hard as a team to complete the 100 kilometres in full and are very proud of the money we have raised to support the fantastic work that St John Ambulance do every single day.’

You can still donate to Team Timico by going to