'Brutal' and 'Bloody' but worth the Broken Fingers

by: Marketing Team on

It’s fair to say we have a few cycling ‘nuts’ here at AG, including one of our Account Directors Hugh Wharton (pictured above, centre), who recently took on a 'brutal' and 'bloody' two day long, 300 mile cycle ride from coast to coast and back across the Pennines to raise £5,000 for the charity, Help for Heroes.

Ahead of the challenge Hugh said “I'm hoping to raise enough to train one Guide Dog to help an injured soldier and that thought will hopefully keep me going when the going gets tough.” And so, despite his pleas no one stepped forward to offer Hugh the cheeky little motor he was hoping to strap to his bike frame to help him up the hills (a mere snip at about £10k!) and the race was on!


The challenge saw Hugh and his team, the Ferryhill Wheelers (pictured above), climb a total of 20,000ft ….the equivalent of Kilimanjaro! Despite it being the peak of the British summer, the weather didn’t help and Hugh said “It was one of the hardest things I've ever done physically and mentally but worth every hour ..after hour .. after hour..  The hardest point was Kirkstone Pass at the 200 mile point in the pounding rain. Brutal!”

“Apart from a couple of broken fingers, bloody knees (not me) and tired legs everyone made it there and back safely which is the main thing! I’d like to thank everyone for their sponsorship and well wishes. We’re now more than half way to achieving our £5,000 target with over 100 supporters donating; although we still have a little bit further to go.”

If you would like to donate to Help for Heroes, the team’s Just Giving page is still live at

A Huge WELL DONE to Hugh from all the team at AlphaGraphics!

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