At the end of last month, seven teams descended on Herne Hill Velodrome in south-east London to compete in a series of trials on the track where Sir Bradley Wiggins trained as a youth.
The event saw teams from Valad, BGVA, DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield, Assael Architecture, Argent LLP and Crofton Design compete across four disciplines, with participants ranging from dedicated track cyclists to first-timers.
However, while doubtless an enjoyable way to spend a Friday afternoon, the event also had a serious purpose: to raise money to help working and street children in some of the poorest parts of the world.
The competition was organised by and on behalf of ChildHope, a charity founded in 1989 that works to improve the lives of children living on the streets in Africa, Asia and South America. In total, the 32 participants raised £4,500 for the charity.
Speaking to Property Week at the event, Simon Marriott, head of UK real estate at Valad, which sponsored the event, described ChildHope as “a great charity; this is a great event for us
As his team received its induction from the velodrome’s staff, Marriott also waxed lyrical about the rise of cycling as the property industry’s favoured sport.
“Cycling is the new golf,” he said. “We’re a very cycle-centric company. Everyone likes to cycle, from the chief executive downwards. We’re very happy to be here.”
- 1 Bilfinger GVA
- 2 Argent LLP
- 3 DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield
- 4 Assael Architecture
- 5 Valad
- 6 Crofton Design
- 7 Crofton Design
|Rider||Rupert Parker||Rob Kemlo||Sam Logan|
|Company||BGVA||Argent LLP||DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield|
|Rider||Rupert Parker||Sam Logan||Ross Danmayr|
|Company||BGVA||DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield||Assael|
|Rider||Toby Frossel||Lisa Gunn||Simon Lockwood|
|Valad Australian Pursuit||1st||2nd||3rd|
|Rider||Mike Cook||Sam Logan||Rupert Parker|
|Company||BGVA||DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield||BGVA|
|Team Pursuit 2015||1st||2nd||3rd|