Whizz-Kidz Trustee Rahul Moodgal, and Whizz-Kidz Director of Partnerships Nick Goldup pedalled triumphantly into Whizz-Kidz HQ to thunderous applause on Tuesday night, at the end of their epic 1,100 mile Five Capitals Cycle Challenge.
Accompanied by their navigating crew, Gurvinder Gregson and Frank Walsh, the brave cyclists arrived back in the capital after a 12-day exodus that saw them pedalling through Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff – stopping off along the way to deliver awards and show their thanks to many of Whizz-Kidz’s nearest and dearest.
Setting off on 8th September, the dynamic duo’s first stop was in Nick’s hometown of Bedford – which is also home to Whizz-Kidz supporter and marathon-running superstar Iva Barr. There, they presenting the Whizz-Kidz stalwart with an Inspirational Supporter award recognising her huge commitment to fundraising and raising awareness of Whizz-Kidz’s work.
By Sunday the team has travelled more than 250 miles, and had made it all the way to our friends at Lancaster Toyota, Durham – part of the Jardine Motors Group – finding enough time for a team photo before heading on to Berwick upon Tweed, and within pedalling distance of their first capital city – Edinburgh.
On Monday, they’d made it across the border into Scotland and made a short pit stop at The People’s Postcode Lotter HQ in Edinburgh to meet the team who, with Whizz-Kidz supporters, laid on a fantastic welcoming party.
Within a week, Rahul and Nick had made it across the Irish Sea into Northern Ireland, through Belfast, and into Ireland, where Dublin marked their third capital city in the challenge. One new bike for Rahul, and another hop across the Irish Sea later, the team were more than three quarters of the way through their incredible journey.
Making their way through Wales and into Cardiff – capital city number four – they were greeted with cheers and applause thanks to Whizz-Kidz Kidz Board member and newly-appointed Young Leader Ayesha Khan, who organised a welcoming committee with our friends and supporters from the Big Lottery Fund.
With four capitals under their belts, the intrepid pair’s last day left only 80 miles – and one more capital city – between them and certain victory.
By this point, excitement at Whizz-Kidz HQ had reached fever pitch, and the team – clad in lime green Whizz-Kidz t-shirts – alongside Rahul and Nick’s friends and family, assembled in Victoria to welcome the heroic pair to their fifth and final capital city, and a well-earned rest.
1,100 miles and five capitals under their belt, Rahul and Nick not only achieved an incredible physical feat, they’ve spread the Whizz-Kidz word across the length and breadth of the UK, and raised an amazing amount of money for Whizz-Kidz’s work.
Everyone at Whizz-Kidz is so proud of Rahul and Nick, and so grateful for their herculean efforts. If you’ve been inspired, it’s not too late to donate – find out more at: https://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/5capitals