The finale!

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    With the team triumphantly crossing the border at the end of day 4, we hoped the home straight would be plain sailing. Sadly it wasn't: at lunchtime we heard the news that Steve James (Finance Shop) had come off his bike after hitting a giant pothole near Dumfries.

    Fortunately nothing was broken - a quick trip to A&E patched him up and shipped him out, and a few hours later he was back on the road - in the support van - for the final stretch. What a guy.

    Meanwhile at HQ we were battling to catch them up on our Virgin cycle bike. By 4pm we'd broken through the 500km barrier, which meant another £1k raised for our charity partner - thank you DF!

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    As the team drew towards Thistle Street Lane NW, HQ prepared for a truly stylish home coming. Family, friends and Nucleus peeps lined the cobbled street and the tension mounted; the sun was out, pints pulled, prosecco on ice and balloons assembled. Just check out the display by Sarah W!

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    Finally at around 5.15pm they cruised round the corner through the finish line to a euphoric welcome, sweaty hugs, and maybe a tear or two. There was plenty to celebrate - together we raised a whopping £5.5k for the charity - well above the £3.5k target. Well done our champions! A truly inspirational feat. And thank you to everyone who so kindly donated. That brings our charity total for the year so far to a staggering £18k. Up next: the three peaks challenge. Who's in?!

    For a comprehensive rundown of the stats take a look at Steve Rodger's excellent report below. Take a look at Sarah W's film with all the highlights here:

    Steve tells it like it was

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    As you'll be aware, the #cycleforJosh team are now back and rested up!

    There were a number of challenges along the way and I thought it would be good to share some interesting statistics. (Please be aware that many of these figures are estimated and may be exaggerated for entertainment purposes.)

    • Total miles driven by support team: 1244.3
    • Miles cycled by our heroes: 450 each!

    Let’s all take a moment to appreciate that if they were cycling in relay they would have covered 3600 miles! That’s about the same distance (as the crow flies) from London to Nok Kundi in Pakistan! Add in the support miles and you could reach Hyderabad in India!

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    • Total miles covered (cyclists, support and office): an incredible 5,173! That’ll get you to Maun in Botswana!
    • Miles cycled by our energetic supporters in the office: 329
    • Number of punctures: 3 (Derek Russell, Bruce Davidson, Steve James)
    • Number of heroes: 8 (Steve James, Paul Dewar, Mark Brown, Derek Russell, Bruce Davidson, Natalie Docherty, James Thom, Rory Wilkinson)
    • Support team: 2 (Steve Rodger, Lesley Campbell)
    • Damaged wheels: 2 (Steve James, Derek Russell)
    • Total additional donations to the cause from team members for following through on silly dares throughout the ride: £30 (Steve Rodger got touchy feely with a chicken £10, Paul Dewar put on his favourite super hero pants £20)
    • Number of attempted carbicides: 1 (self-inflicted death by over consumption of simple carbohydrates, Mark Brown)

    Accuracy may be debated beyond this point…

    • Number of rice puddings consumed: 48 (mostly Steve James)
    • Energy/protein/breakfast bars consumed: 40
    • Bananas consumed: 25
    • Water consumed: ~125L (only about 500ml of which was consumed by Bruce Davidson who was powered fully by sweets,sunshine and rainbows)Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 16.16.58
    • Chewits extreme sours consumed: 10 packs (entirely by Nat Docherty who surprisingly never had a sour face even once for the entire duration of the trip)
    • Number of times Steve Rodger stopped to fish: 4
    • Number of fish caught by Steve Rodger: 0 (but I lost a huge one… honestly it was THIS big!)
    • Lies told by the comms team: 1(gravity is no longer Steve James’ friend!)
    • Number of screams from Lesley Campbell: 2 (Both due to Steve Rodgers' driving)
    • Number of times Steve Rodger had to visit/pass through Moffat: 172
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    • Number of times cyclists were almost run over by the support crew: 3
    • Number of time support crew were nearly run over by cyclists: 1
    • Number of massages dished out: 187 (Lesley Campbell and Mark Brown… James Thom received them all)
    • Number of marriage proposals turned down by Lesley Campbell in Gretna: 9
    • Total air time in the van: ~8s
    • Number of embarrassing photographs of the team which should never see day light: 23

    Day four

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    After cycling a smooth 115 miles to Stamford on Friday, days two and three went really well for the intrepid team as they conquered 112 miles from Stamford to Castleford on Sat and 79 to Kirkby Lonsdale on Sun.

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    They even managed to meet up with the support crew - after some  confusion over the meeting place - who knew they'd be two cafes with the same name?!

    Fuelled by pizza (and just the nine garlic dips for Nat) McDonalds, steak and the support crew's invaluable TLC, the only spanner in the works was being half an hour late and missing out on the jacuzzi that was waiting for them at the hotel on Sunday.

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    This would break anyone else, but not our team!

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    They're now going strong enduring the hilliest part of the cycle so far as they take on the fells - 90 miles and 1600m of climbing across the border and through to Lockerbie. Mark has been inspiring all with his sock collection throughout the race, but has pulled out all the stops for today's challenge. Thanks Mark.

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    We're not leaving it all to them though. We're spinning the wheels at HQ during Monday and Tuesday, thanks to our friends at Virgin Active who have supplied a bike. Our generous CEO Dave has kindly agreed that Nucleus will sponsor us all per mile for each mile we catch up. We have our work cut out for us though as support crew miles apparently count and they've just hit 900 - keep going guys!

    We've already raised an incredible £4,308 - racing past the £3,500 target initially set. Simply click on the 'my donate' link right to kindly add to the coffers. Every little helps for this great new charity. Find out more about them below.

    Day one

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    And they're off!

    After a hearty breakfast and a good nights' sleep (we hope) the brave crew set off from the Lee Valley velodrome in good spirits...

    Unfortunately there were two punctures within 15 minutes! But they're making really good progress - you can track them here.

    Support crew member one Steve is all set up in the (heavily loaded) van. Member two - Lesley - is en route by train to meet him. Fingers crossed they catch up in time - they have a whole load of creamed rice, chocolate milk and general recovery snacks on hand, not to mention hugs (from Lesley at least).

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    The challenge


    A group of Nucleus people and one of our users, Steve James from Finance Shop, are preparing to cycle from London to Edinburgh this weekend.

    ‘Cycle for Josh’ is a massive challenge for all cyclists involved, taking on 80 - 100 miles across 5 days. Our cyclists will set off from London on the morning of Friday 5 June to start the challenge.

    This incredible endurance event is being carried out by our intrepid team on behalf of our 2015 charity partner, the Joshua Nolan Foundation.

    The team are due back on the cobbled streets of Edinburgh at Nucleus HQ on Tuesday 9 June between 4-5pm. Staff will be ready to welcome them.

    Our goal is to raise  £3.5k for the Josh Nolan Foundation and we have already beaten that target thanks to our generous community.

    The cause


    JNF was founded in 2014 by Laura Nolan after her son took his own life the previous year. Its aim is to reduce suicide rates, especially among those between 15 and 25.

    Two people commit suicide in Scotland every day – this is more than the number who die on Scotland’s roads in traffic accidents. UK-wide suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 and 49, ahead of cancer and heart disease.

    “Every suicide is a preventable tragedy.”

    The foundation work focuses on awareness, education and support. All fundraising activity places increased awareness of the issues and support available and is as important as the fund generation. The foundation is running workshops in schools and also provides funding for counseling from quality counsellors who meet their selection criteria.

    The team


    The ‘Cycle for Josh’ team is made up of a team of our intrepid Nucleus staff: James Thom, Natalie Docherty, Paul Dewar, Mark Brown, Bruce Davidson and Derek Russell.

    We also have one of our users, Steve James from Finance Shop taking part in the cycle with Nucleus’ Lesley Campbell and Stephen Rodger as the support crew.

    Rory from the Joshua Nolan Foundation will be also be accompanying the team on the first leg of the challenge.

    The cyclists

    Bruce 'I brake for nobody' Davidson

    Nucleus Portraits

    Strength:  1> 2> 3> 4> 

    Speed:      1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9>

    Stamina:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5>

    Music track to get me out of trouble: 'Bicycle race' - Queen

    Derek 'burning rubber' Russell


    Strength:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8>

    Speed:      1> 2>

    Stamina:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10>

    Music track to get me out of trouble: 'I gotta get through this' - Daniel Beddingfield

    James 'I feel the need for speed' Thom


    Strength:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 

    Speed:      1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 

    Stamina:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10>

    Music track to get me out of trouble: 'On the road again' - Dusty Springfield

    Mark 'the impailer' Brown


    Strength:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10>

    Speed:      1> 2> 

    Stamina:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10>

    Music track to get me out of trouble: 'Ain't no mountain high enough' - Marvin Gaye

    Natalie 'gonna make it' Docherty

    Strength:  1> 2> 3> people-Mark-Brown

    Speed:      1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 

    Stamina:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 

    Music track to get me out of trouble: 'I will survive' - Gloria Gaynor

    Paul 'we're going the wrong way' Dewar


    Strength:  1> 2> 3> 4> 

    Speed:      1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 

    Stamina:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10>

    Music track to get me out of trouble: 'Heroes' - David Bowie 

    Steve 'gravity is my friend' James


    Strength:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10>

    Speed:      1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10>

    Stamina:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10>

    Music track to get me out of trouble: 'Don't stop believin' - Journey

    The support crew

    Lesley 'where's fifth gear' Campbell


    Driving ability: 1> 2> 3>

    First aid knowledge:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6>

    Map reading:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8>

    Favorite radio station: Classic FM

    Stephen 'it's just a flesh wound' Rodger


    Driving ability:  1> 2> 3> 4> 5> 6> 7> 8> 9> 10>

    First aid knowledge:  1> 

    Map reading:   1> 2> 3>

    Favorite radio station: Kerrang

    The route

    How can you help?

    Simple, just make a donation to Joshua Nolan Foundation and tweet messages of support to the team on #cycleforJosh


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