Ride from London to Paris Raises more than £14,000 for Railway Benefit Fund

A team of five employees from Northern, the UK’s largest rail company outside London, has completed a charity cycle challenge from London to Paris, raising more than £14,600 along the way.

The cycle event was organised by Global Adventure Challenges and saw the team ride 346 miles in four days, climbing 12,000 feet in the process – the equivalent of climbing Ben Nevis three times. The route included main roads, farms tracks, canal paths and country lanes and once into France the team travelled through The Somme region. Their approach to Paris took them up the Champs Elysees, around the Arc de Triomphe and towards the Eiffel Tower in one of the most stunning cities in the World.

Richard Allan, Customer and People Experience Director for Northern, comments:”We are delighted to have raised more than £14,600 for the Railway Benefit Fund, a charity that supports railway personnel in times of need. The four days of cycling was an intense challenge for all of us, but we all agreed the experience was fantastic and in particular our time cycling through The Somme is something that will stay with us forever.”

The team included Richard Allan (Customer Experience and People Director), Elissa Robinson (Sales Manager), Luke Purcell (Marketing Experience) and Danny Bakker (Head of Revenue Management) from Northern’s York office and Phil Jones (Debt Recovery and Prosecutions Manager) from the Bradford office.