A DOZEN staff from NMGB have ridden from Paris to London for charity to coincide with the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The team completed the gruelling 220-mile ride from the Nissan Europe offices in Montigny, just outside the French capital, to Nissan Motors’ HQ in Rickmansworth, near London, in just over 72 hours – raising almost £20,000 for the ParalympicsGB in the process.
Emulating their Paralympic heroes, the team embarked on a strenuous training regime ahead of the event, going on weekly training rides and weekend excursions to make sure they were all ready for the challenge.
Thankfully, the weather was on their side for the weekend-long journey, with spells of rain keeping the team cool but not heavy enough to dampen their spirits.
Highlights included riding through the French countryside, passing old chateaux and enjoying the French hospitality and support along the way. And despite a few punctures, a couple of mechanical issues, a crash and one slight detour towards the end – when they accidentally ended up on the A3 – the team arrived back at Rickmansworth in good time.
Event organiser and Nissan’s Development Programmes Controller, Jenni Todd, said: ‘It’s all for such a good cause and we were so excited to be playing a part in supporting Britain’s Paralympic athletes. It was a tough ride, but with our team supporting one another, it was great fun.’
Joining Jenni on the road from Network Development and Quality were Director Leon Brannan, Customer Quality Controller Luke Burch, Franchising Planning Manager Paul Wright, and Franchising Managers Catherine Perrin, Pamela Allan, and David Henry. And from other areas of the business, the rest of the team comprised, Sports, NISMO and Navara Product Manager Anthony Jones, EV Operations Manager James Stanger, Aftersales Graduate Ayo Awe, Corporate Sales Graduate Jack Leaf, and Sales Performance Manager Nick Fraine. Assisting the team as a support vehicle driver and bike technician was Special Vehicle Operations Manager Paul Allen.
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