With 48 flights a week and a flight time of just 45 minutes, it’s never been easier to reach Amsterdam from London Luton Airport (LLA), but a team of airport staff recently opted for a more challenging way to reach the capital of the Netherlands.
The 23-strong team cycled to Amsterdam via Paris and Brussels, a route of 410 miles taking 4 days to complete.
The charity bike ride was in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the airport’s charity partner for 2018/19. Since the partnership began, the airport has raised more than £125,000 for the charity, to help support more than 400 local cancer patients with emergency grants.
The Paris to Amsterdam ride follows the airport’s Summer Solstice Runway Race in June, where runners ran the full length of the runway and back, raising £4,000.
Cycling more than 100 miles a day, the team had to endure a mix of blazing sunshine, driving rain and tough road conditions in their bid to make it to Amsterdam.
Cycling as part of the team was LLA’s Operations Director Neil Thompson, who said: “We knew the ride would be tough, but it was much tougher than any of us expected. The long days in the saddle were worth it though and we’re all really proud to have finished the ride, and raised an incredible £60,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.”
Commenting on the charity ride, Rowena Howell, Partnership Manager for Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire. Macmillan Cancer Support said “We’re so grateful for the team from LLA for their latest fundraising effort. We’ve been impressed with the commitment the airport has shown to this vital partnership since it began in 2018. All of the money raised will go towards our Macmillan Grants programme which helps people meet the additional costs caused by or related to their cancer.”