Monday, September 22, 2014

Western Link’s ‘The Big Ride’ raises thousands for charity

A team of cyclists from the Western Link project who took part in The Big Ride 2014, a 500-kilometre charity bike ride, recently presented Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support with funds totalling £15,000.

The Big Ride 2014 was created to celebrate the Western Link project, a joint venture between National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission.  This pioneering £1 billion project will bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in Wales and England via a 385-kilometre subsea cable route and, on completion, will play a major part in helping the UK meet its renewable energy targets.

The challenging four-day event saw a core team of ten cyclists depart from the project’s converter station site at Hunterston, West Kilbride on 5th September to ride through Ayrshire and the Lake District, to arrive at Flintshire Bridge converter station site in North Wales on 8th September. The main team, representatives from the joint venture companies and construction consortium, Siemens and Prysmian, were joined in support by colleagues who rode with them for the morning of the first day and the afternoon of the last.


Graham Edwards, Western Link’s project director, said: “We are immensely proud of what The Big Ride cyclists have achieved. We wanted to create an event that would not only celebrate the Western Link, but also showcase the teamwork and collaboration that is apparent across all aspects of the project. 


“To raise £15,000 is a phenomenal achievement and we would like to thank everyone who has sponsored the event and the cycling kits, as well as those who have donated so generously to our two chosen charities,” he added.

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