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RSS Infrastructure pedals to Paris in fundraiser for armed forces

Members of staff from RSS Infrastructure have raised thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion cycling from London to Paris in just four days.

The ‘Pedal to Paris’ fundraiser saw the riders jump into the saddle and peddle the 460km distance between the two country’s capital cities.

Starting in London in the earlier hours of August 30, the cyclists passed through Dover, Calais, Abbeville and Beauvais before reaching their final destination.

After arriving in Paris, a ceremony was held at the Arc de Triomphe to honour the grave of the unknown French Soldier, who died during the First World War. All riders returned to London via the Eurostar.

Colleagues from rail safety service provider RSS Infrastructure – previously known as Rail Safety Solutions – were joined by those from parent company Auctus Management Group (AMG), raising more than £7,600 in the process.

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The team poses in their branded cycling jersey.
The team poses in their branded cycling jersey.

AMG CEO Richard Toy said the company is a passionate supporter of the armed forces and getting involved in as many charitable events as possible.

“Marking 100 years since World War I, we felt it was important to participate in such a significant event that would raise money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal,” he added.

“To prepare for the ride we all put together a vigorous training programme that started six months before the event, and saw us commit to a regime that progressively intensified week by week. As the event drew closer, we were matching the miles we would have to complete through the four-day period.”

Richard was joined by RSS Infrastructure managing director Sean Harrison, AMG finance director Andrew Coates, RSS Infrastructure signalling support co-ordinator Brett Jones and RSS Infrastructure rail manager Brian Hopkinson.

Richard added: “Taking part in the Pedal for Paris is one of the best things I have ever done. A personal highlight of mine was following the Union Jack into Abbeville after 80 miles, to locals clapping us on and lining the streets, it was unbelievable.

“Seeing my wife and kids as I crossed the finish line will be a moment I will never forget. I know for all of our riders, having the support of family, friends, colleagues and sponsors made us even more determined to make them all proud.”

If you would like to find out more about the fundraiser or to donate, head to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pedal-to-paris-18.

Celebrations from Brett, Brian, Richard and Andrew at the Arc de Triomphe.
Celebrations from Brett, Brian, Richard and Andrew at the Arc de Triomphe.

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