Edina "powers” from Edinburgh to Tynemouth
Edina, Europe's leading supplier of MWM gas engine generators, powers from Edinburgh to Newcastle.
(Picture from L-R: Jenna O’Malley, Lee Claypole, Andrew Hierons, Jasmine Fairbrother-Adams, Christopher Starr, Trevor Jones, John Jeffery, Peter Waters, Christine Ennis, Stephen Nullis and Andrew Slavin.)
The two day cycle, which took place during the weekend of Saturday 19th September 2015, saw eleven of Edina's staff use all of their Combined Heat and Power to collectively brave this tall order to best their 2014 Coast to Coast, Whitehaven to Tynemouth, 140 mile cycle challenge in aid of children and young people's charity CLIC Sargent.
Following months of training and mental preparation, the cycle commenced in the early hours of Saturday morning, slowly escaping the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh's City Centre to traverse the rolling hills of the A703, breezing through villages Peebles and Innerleithen, before stopping off at the village of Melrose for a short break and to admire the picturesque scenery.
In doing so, Edina's Group Chief Engineer Stephen Nullis, comments...
"Some 50 miles in on day one. We stopped at a tea room for a pot of tea and a little rest bite in the village of Melrose. With no tables spare we were offered to sit at the table with a lady and her two grandsons..... We shared our tea, the kids our sun glasses (but not their cheesy chips) and some great conversation.
Finding out why we were there, It was at this point the lady told us of her struggle with Cancer and how having received a mastectomy she was now "fully" recovered from her Cancer scare and was now able to spend days with her grandchildren, bus hopping, visiting lovely villages and meeting strange people!
She told how Macmillan Cancer Support had helped her and her family through some very difficult times and how grateful she was of people like us...... I told her we were doing nothing other than having a good time cycling down the coast of Scotland with a great bunch of people and it was the people that took the time to donate their own hard earned money that deserve the gratitude and thanks."
After much Godspeed the team said their goodbye's and joined the A698 heading towards Kelso, a thriving market town in the heart of the Scottish Boarders running parallel to the River Tweed before arriving for an overnight stop and some well needed rest (and Chinese food) at Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The day one, 89 mile, 7 hour saddle sore journey had finally come to a close.
Day two. After missing breakfast at Holy Island, the Edina team needed to ensure maximum cycle availability and efficiency if they were to achieve their maximum uptime and complete the second leg of their 180 mile journey in good time.
In need of some power generation, the Edina team stopped off at a local pub en route, and after hearing about the combined efforts and ambition, the landlord, kindly offered them a complimentary breakfast before continuing on their journey.
The generosity of the pub landlord and the anaerobic digestion of their early morning breakfast allowed the team to maintain an average cycle speed of 12.6mph as they continued southbound through the A1 coastal towns of Bamburgh and Seahouses, joining Alnwick, a picturesque market town in the district of Northumberland to arrive at their chequered flag, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear.
The long term support offered by Edina's Service, Operation & Maintenance support crew throughout the 180 mile journey provided unrivalled encouragement, forward momentum and ensured security of pedal power to break through prolonged periods of fatigue and low self-esteem. Knowing this, the network of Edina's support and expertise provided was instrumental in achieving a collaborative effort in reaching the goal as one team.
After a challenging 13 hours and 38 minutes in the saddle, the Edina team completed the 2 day, 180 mile cycle, raising over £3,000 to date for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Coast and Castles tour 2015 builds on the success of last years' efforts whereby the Edina team cycled 140 miles from Whitehaven to Tynemouth raising an outstanding £5,327.49 (213% above their target) for CLIC Sargent.
Donation are still welcome, and the smallest contribution can make a huge difference to the millions of people affected by Cancer every day. If you would like to donate and support Edina's efforts, please visit Edina's Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Edina-Cyclepaths.
A special thankyou also goes to the Edina Service, Operation & Maintenance support crew consisting of: Stephen Downs, Adam Albiston, Ricci Alves, Richard Essex and Gary Evans.
About Edina UK Ltd
Edina is the official UK and Ireland distributor for MWM gas engine generators, world renowned for achieving maximum electrical and thermal efficiency, low operating and servicing costs and high reliability and availability.
In addition to the supply, installation and maintenance of leading MWM gas engine generators, Edina provides a range of flexible energy solutions designed to meet customers' Combined Heat and Power systems and Anaerobic Digestion plant generation project requirements.
The efficiency, long-life and quick return on investment from Edina's Combined Heat and Power systems means that this is becoming the power source of choice for institutions such as hospitals, universities, district heating schemes, the food industry and the agricultural sector, both for energy requirements and as an income generator from the sale of electricity.
From a complete turnkey project or a bespoke containerised solution manufactured in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, Edina's technical expertise and flexibility is at the heart of the customer journey.
Edina's skilled technicians and engineers provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week remote monitoring and local maintenance coverage, ensuring maximum plant productivity and energy efficiency all year round.
With over 30 years' experience in providing bespoke energy solutions, Edina works closely with its customers to understand and meet their requirements, whilst delivering high quality customer service, project management, installation and commissioning, from initial proposal to long term maintenance support.
For more information about Edina, please contact us at +44 (0)161 432 8833 or visit www.edina.eu.