Staff at Bott and Co raised £5,000 for charity on Sunday when they cycled 60 miles from Manchester to Blackpool in aid of Cancer Research and the Spinal Injuries Association. Over 20 employees at the law firm were joined by the official Bott cycle team which includes Roy Holmes, the current British Cycling and LVRC 50+ Road Race Champion.
Participants cycled from Manchester United Football Club, through Leigh, Wigan, Preston and then into Blackpool. Team Bott set off at 9am with Bott and Co’s Legal Manager, Tony Tierney becoming the first Bott participant to cross the finishing line in Blackpool’s South promenade at 12:55PM. The majority of the team crossed the finishing line at approximately 14:15PM and the Bott Cycle Team even cycled back!
With the sun and spectators it felt like the Tour de France. It was a joy to ride with the Bott cycle team and all the Bott staff. Raising £5,000 for such worthy causes also makes the pain go away that little bit faster.
Claire Walsh, PA to the Managing and Senior Partners at Bott commented: “After a bit of a slow start (a puncture at 10 miles) and then some food to refuel at about 20 miles, we were up for the next 40 miles. The steep hill with the sharp right turn was in my view, slowly but surely I managed it, phew! The last 10 miles were the hardest, I stopped briefly for refreshments and thought at that point I wouldn’t make it… but we made it through the finish line and am so proud of everyone that did it.”
Andy Wright from the Bott Cycle Team commented on the event and gave his thoughts on how he felt team members did: “After a very late and shaky start to the ride, the team got everyone organised and riding efficiently. We were absolutely amazed that everyone made it, as it is a challenging course and the hot weather played its part. Very well done to all participants.” The money raised will go towards helping find a cure for cancer, and towards helping those with spinal injuries live a healthier life.
Senior Partner at Bott and Co, David Bott, who also cycled commented: “With the sun and spectators it felt like the Tour de France. It was a joy to ride with the Bott cycle team and all the Bott staff. Raising £5,000 for such worthy causes also makes the pain go away that little bit faster.”
Elizabeth Wright from the SIA commented on Bott’s achievement. She said: “Congratulations to Team Bott and Co for successfully completing the Manchester to Blackpool Cycle Ride and raising £2,500 for Spinal Injuries Association. SIA relies on voluntary donations and does not receive any money from the government so the money raised will continue to provide SIA’s services to spinal cord injured people and their families so they can rebuild lived after paralysis. SIA provides support and information services to spinal cord injured people and without the support of companies like Bott and Co we would not be able to provide these vital services so well done to everyone involved for such a magnificent effort!”