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Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2013
More than 70 London Southend Airport staff are undertaking a mammoth 345 (air)miles bicycle ride from the Essex airport to the Scottish capital on Friday 15 November – all to raise money for BBC Children in Need.However the team don’t have to worry about the predicted wet weather as they pedal towards one of the airport’s most popular destinations, as they will be making the journey without actually leaving the terminal building.
The Southend Airport Staff Charity Committee – which is organising the event – has reconditioned three bicycles from a local charity shop and mounted them on stands near the Check In Desks in the terminal. All the figures from the mileometer on each bike will be fed into a computer that will calculate how far they’ve travelled, and an interactive screen will count down the miles as the team pedal northwards.
The mammoth endeavour starts at 8am and will continue through until 8pm. Staff from right across the airport are taking part. Each person will pedal hard for 30-minutes before surrendering their saddle to a fresh pair of legs.Other London Southend Airport staff will be on hand with buckets to collect donationsfor BBC Children in Need.