Cycling for the Animal Health Trust (AHT), Simon Wheeler, Managing Director of Agria Pet Insurance recently completed the first of two charity cycle events he’s undertaking this year – the 2013 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
The 100 mile ride, a version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race, was seen as the perfect challenge for the AHT, a charity with a reputation for harnessing pedal-power to raise vital funding. Completing the course in just over seven hours, Simon rode as part of a five-strong team for the veterinary charity.
Over 20,000 riders took part in the event, which followed a route from the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park out into the Surrey countryside – complete with sweeping roads, gruelling hills and a spectacular finish along The Mall in central London.
“It was a really tremendous day, and an honour to be part of team raising money for such a great cause. The critical work that the AHT carries out relies on donations, so it was fantastic to be able to support them,” Simon commented.
The Suffolk-based charity works internationally offering horses, dogs and cats clinical referral services and diagnostic testing. Crucially, their research programmes enable new diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines to be developed to help thousands of animals worldwide.
Next on the agenda for Simon is the Extra Mile Cote d’Or Challenge, which sees him, together with three Agria Pet Insurance colleagues, ‘enjoying’ a 500-mile+ ride across the French mountains, this time raising money for Dogs for the Disabled and Cancer Research UK.
Find out more about the charities Simon’s supporting: