SKLPC SEN did it again!!! They took 107 cyclists to participate in the London BikeathonÂ 2012 which took to the streets on 16th September 2012 to help raise funds forÂ Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.Â Having participated for 3 years running, this year was no different. Riders saddled upÂ on Sunday morning to join this event at the Royal Chelsea Hospital to take on theÂ challenge of either doing 52 miles, 26 miles, 13 miles or the Kids Bikeathon.
The 52 mile cyclists started very early inÂ the morning to ensure they had plentyÂ of time to complete their goal. OneÂ participant Jay who did 52 milesÂ completed the challenge as his numberÂ one goal even though he went throughÂ immense pain after having pushed himselfÂ at Richmond Park which resulted in himÂ suffering from lactose acid in his thighsÂ which was dealt with immediately byÂ paramedics on site.
We spoke to another participant VinodÂ Bhudia who said â€œThe 52 mile LondonÂ Bikeathon was a challenge for me as IÂ suffer from sciatica (a pain from the lowerÂ back down the leg). On the dayÂ the pain kicked in after 35 miles and I hadÂ no choice but to cut the route short andÂ return back to the starting point. After aÂ quick physiotherapy session I was feelingÂ light relief but the ultimate decision ofÂ continuing on with this pain loomed. AfterÂ deliberation and motivational talks fromÂ my family and fiancÃ©e Hima, I decided IÂ would attempt to continue and completeÂ the remainder of the course. After aÂ gruelling 2 hours, I returned completingÂ the remaining miles motivated by theÂ compassion for those suffering withÂ cancer. With adrenaline pumping IÂ crossed the finish line, I was extremelyÂ delighted that I made the decision to carry on, as all I could think about was the reason why I was doing the challenge in theÂ first place – to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma researchâ€.
The youngest rider taking part in the 26 mile Scenic Route was Ayesha-Ria Jina agedÂ 9. Her reason for doing this challenge was to help save young lives and she felt it wasÂ important that she can be part of this event and do something for those suffering fromÂ Leukaemia & Lymphoma. Although she struggled and at some stages cried, sheÂ battled the pain barrier and didnâ€™t give up till she reached the finish line.
Another brave boy was Rahul Jina, aged 12, who despite falling of his bike andÂ sustaining injuries got treated by paramedics and decided to finish his challenge asÂ he did not want to let his sponsors down.
These are just some of the stories of participants who took on this challenge from theÂ heart. The commitment that they and the other participants of SEN Bikeathon teamÂ have shown will no doubt be well appreciated and go to a good cause. Many of ourÂ team members carried on our tradition to have a well-deserved picnic in the park afterÂ this tiring event. Lunch included samosas, dabelis and chocolate to raise energy levelsÂ back up for the trip home to enjoy a well-deserved rest.
The last two years the SEN team have received awards for their enthusiasm and forÂ having such large teams to add to the research of this awful disease. This year was noÂ different as we again won the award for the largest fundraising team. The total amountÂ raised this year was Â£14,579.18 making us the TOP FUNDRAISERS for the last 3 yearsÂ running.
With the help of the sponsors and our ridersâ€™ commitment we can honestly say we haveÂ added to the community and are helping to raise not only awareness but also to theÂ research involved in finding a cure for lymphoma and leukaemia.
We would like to thank our sponsors and well-wishers. Without the help of Crystal UnitsÂ Ltd (Vijay Halai & Pankaj Gorasia), our bikes would not have reached as quickly andÂ many of our team would have had their very own Bikeathon to get to Central LondonÂ for the start line, also thanks to Shay Naiy for our delicious lunch and to our volunteersÂ on the day including Radha and family, Deviben and family Jyotika Patel and Jyoti &
Raksha Jina: SEN Team