On Sunday 13th May 2018 our very own Philip Chandler took part in what is known as the first and toughest cycling sportive in the UK, the Fred Whitton Sportive. This is a charity cycle event held annually in the Lake District, starting and ending at the Grasmere Sports Field. Fred Whitton was a prominent name in the Lake District cycling circles who sadly died of cancer at the age of 50 in 1998, therefore, the event is organised to raise funds for, amongst others, Macmillan Cancer Support.
As well as involving a 113-mile route around all the Lakeland passes, the ride also involved over 12,500 feet of climbing – one with a 30% gradient which comes at 98 miles. Everest is 29,000 feet high, just to give you an idea of the extent of the challenge!
It’s not uncommon for the average sports rider to finish at 11 hours or over, however, the very top riders completed the route in an extraordinary 6 hours. Philip was pleased to have beaten his time from last year by completing the challenge in a creditable 7 hours 50 minutes, a spectacular achievement. “A brutal but brilliant day…!” was what he said on completing the challenge.
Overall, the team at Bright Advice are ecstatic and massively proud of Philip for not only participating in the cycle event but defeating his time from last year also! His work has hopefully given massive support to the chosen charities and we can’t wait for his next adventure.