There was no August bank holiday relaxation for a team of 10 hardy cyclists taking part in a gruelling 350-mile pedal from Paris to Lynn.
The team, many of whom are workmates at Lynn-based Foster Refrigerator, returned on Tuesday to a heroes’ welcome after completing the epic ‘Tour de Foster’ in just four days – raising £5,000 for Rudham ward at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The team, some of whom are new to cycling, are part of Foster’s cycling group “Foster and Friends”.
They regularly raise money for charity. They chose Rudham ward as one of the team, Emma Thompson, is a staff nurse on the ward.
The event passed without drama, save for just 40 miles from home at Newmarket where many of the cyclists crashed into each other, meaning a check up at accident and emergency.
Chris Playford, market and development director at Foster, was one of the crew taking part, along with husband and wife team Paddy and Annie Thompson, Paddy’s sister Emma Thompson, Chris and Roy Faull, Stuart Howlett, Ali Logan, Ian Bromley, Dean Rawnsley, Kevin Piggott and the only French speaker and new cyclist Gemma Benlarbi, with Foster support crew, Paul Smith.
Mr Playford said: “Aside from our little incident at the end, it all went really well. It was really hard work, but we stuck together and dug deep. Thank you to everyone who helped us raise money for Rudham Ward – a great local cause.”