Amanda and Ben Taylor and Bart Hallmark set off soon after dawn on Wednesday, 10 July 2013, from Tower Bridge, London, on bicycle and tandem, to raise money for ACT, the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. They arrived at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris 4 days and 200 miles/ 322 km later on Saturday 13 July.
This marvellous effort is in honour of Vanessa Blake, one of the Computer Officers at the department, and Sandra Crawford, from Accounts. Both were diagnosed with breast cancer this year and the money raised will be directed towards the Breast Unit at Addenbrooke's where they are being treated.
Dr Ben Taylor recently completed a PhD here at the Department, working on the design and evaluation of an algal oscillatory flow bioreactor, and his wife Amanda is the Research Secretary, dealing with recruitment of PhD students. Dr Bart Hallmark is a lecturer here and runs the design project each year.
On the first day, they cycled from London to the coast. Then on the second day took the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe and, remembering to cycle on the other side of the road, they started the journey through France. The second night was spent in Gournay-en-Bray.
The third day saw the longest leg of the journey and they cycled for 84 miles or 135 km, ending at Versailles.
From Versailles, it was a short hop into Paris and they ended their ride triumphantly at the Arc de Triomphe.
By the generosity of members of the department and other friends, they had already reached their target of £2000 for ACT before setting off, but the justgiving site remains open and donations will still be very gratefully received.
Everyone at the department would like to congratulate Ben, Amanda and Bart on their achievement and to wish Vanessa and Sandra well.