Procurement recruiter takes on the tempest for Macmillan Cancer Support

In the world of Procurement Recruitment every day presents a challenge so taking on a 100 mile bike ride was well within our Director Rupert Gaster’s capabilities. What he hadn’t anticipated were the extreme weather conditions that greeted him at 5am on Sunday morning when he entered the capital to take part in the Ride London 100 event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

As he hauled his bike into a cable car which took him across to the start, winds shook the carriage and rain lashed against the windows. Once the ride had begun one cyclist described the event simply as “carnage in the tempest”. Bikes were strewn across the roads as cyclists lost their grip on the tarmac. Vision was a luxury for most as they fought to see through the mud and downpour. Most drivers had chosen to avoid the roads that day.

Light at the end of the tunnel came when the intrepid participants arrived at Dorking and the sun made its first, watery appearance of the day. Supporters cheered them to the roof tops as they made their way through the streets and it finally seemed as though the finish would be a possibility. On a more humorous note, it was inevitable that ‘comfort breaks’ would become necessary and apologies should be extended to the owner of a very nice garden and a family of passers by further down the road.

The extreme weather meant that two of the larger hills, Box Hill and Leith Hill were taken out of the course shortening it to a still impressive 86 miles. It was only upon reaching the home stretch back into London that the weather truly calmed down and Rupert was able to put on a legendary burst of speed and finish the course in an impressive 4 hours and 39 minutes.

Despite the memorable nature of the ride it was perhaps the finish that resonated most with Rupert. Upon reaching the Macmillan function for a post event sports massage and refuel he met a lady whose partner had ridden in support of her own battle against cancer. In Rupert’s own words “to the lady at the Macmillan function – I hope you win your battle. Your strength, courage and honesty were inspirational. Macmillan Cancer Support you’re amazing and I feel privileged to have ridden for you”.

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Helen Harling

Office and Marketing Manager for both Procurement Heads and sister brand HR Heads. Graduating with a marketing degree, Helen has continued her passion by leading our marketing function forward. You will see her blogging, tweeting, posting, videoing about Procurement Heads. You can see this on our LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram page.

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