Morgan Sindall saddles up to cycle the Alps for charity
Two employees at Morgan Sindall’s Poole office are training hard to take on a gruelling stage of the Tour de France to raise £10,000 for a local charity.
Paul Gale, area director at the construction and infrastructure company, and design manager, Paul McGregor, will be joined by Weymouth-based double world duathlete champion, Ian Cardy, to take part in the Etape du Tour for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Bournemouth.
The Etape du Tour is an annual race along one stage of the Tour de France open for up to 10,000 participants to try. This year the route will cover the mountain stage of the famous cycle race and will see the trio tackle the demanding 90 miles which includes 4,700 metres of ascent through the French Alps.
Ian, a senior architect at Dorset County Council, worked with Morgan Sindall’s Poole office last year during the renovation of Downlands Community School in Blandford Garrison. He took up competing in duathlons – which consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and then another running leg – four years ago and has since achieved first place at the World Duathlon Championships in North Carolina, US, in 2009 and in Edinburgh in 2010.
Paul Gale says: “The race is just one of many fundraising events we’ve held to help Julia’s House Children’s Hospice and the Etape du Tour is certainly one of the greatest challenges that we’ve ever taken on. Whilst we’ve previously covered the distance in training, the mountain climb will be a real test of our strength and stamina. We’ve been following an intensive training programme and having somebody on board with the experience that Ian has is a fantastic advantage. He brings with him valuable knowledge in training and preparation for such a challenge.”
Ian Cardy says: “We’re pleased to be entering this event, not only for the enjoyment of the sport but to support such a wonderful local charity. As keen cyclists we have been training together for some time and are all looking forward to taking on this exciting challenge.”
Caroline Gogan, corporate fundraiser for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, says: “The team has put an enormous amount of effort into drumming up support for the upcoming Etape du Tour and we are extremely grateful to them for their help. Julia’s House welcomes any donation the public can make to the cause.”
To make a donation to the Morgan Sindall Etape du Tour cause, please visit www.justgiving.com/morgansindall
Pictured (L-R): Double world duathlete champion Ian Cardy with Morgan Sindall design manager Paul McGregor and area director Paul Gale