Triumphant team pull of 'Italian Job'

by Foundation of Light

Charity cyclists achieve goal.

A group of intrepid cyclists has raised almost £50,000 for a North East charity after pedalling 240 miles across the Italy. 

The team of 40 cyclists, of all ages and abilities, travelled from Cecina, on the west coast of Italy across Tuscany, over the Apennine Mountains through San Marino and into Ravenna on the east coast.

The four day challenge covered over 240 miles and climbed over 20,000 feet, higher than Mount Kilamanjaro!

The ‘Italian Challenge’ event raises money for SAFC’s official charity The Foundation of Light, with almost £50,000 generated through rider sponsorship now being invested in projects improving the lives of children and families in the north east.

Phil King, Foundation of Light Head of Commercial commented “It’s been a fantastic experience although at times very hard work indeed. We’d like to offer our thanks to all of the riders and sponsors who have made the Italian Challenge such an outstanding success, their efforts and support will help us make a big difference to lives in the north east.”

This is the first time the Foundation of Light’s cycling challenge event has been held in Italy, with previous challenges taking place over a route from Dublin to Sunderland. The event team now plan to take on in another country next year.

Phil adds “now that this event is firmly established in our events calendar we’re looking to add more variation to ensure that our riders come back every year and get the most out it.”