Jon Cooke, director at Intercounty has been cycling around the UK to help raise money for the estate agency foundation. Here is his last blog about his journey.
The day started at 8am outside the West Bay Hotel, the weather forecast was looking promising for the final stage and we began our journey towards our first stop which was Sidmouth. The coastal route took us through Seaton, where I had my first ice cream in 32 days of coastal cycling - we must be getting near the end! We then carried along the coast via a hilly route into Sidmouth where we dropped into a couple of estate agents and prepared ourselves for the climb out of Sidmouth, which Andy Jones from LSL Asset Management informed us was one of the hills used by the national cycling team in their hill climb time trials. It was an absolute killer and went on and on and probably ranked as one of the worst hills in our 32 days. We then carried on to Exmouth where I met Victoria and Hattie and Freddie my children for an emotional reunion, having not seen them for nearly 2 weeks and then Hattie and Freddie joined the team, along with Sean’s son Tyler, for the relatively flat cycle path route from Exmouth to our finishing point in Exeter. On the way we dropped into Wilkinson Grant at Topsham for some refreshments and then the whole group cycled to the finishing line to an amazingly noisy and extremely well attended finish line, where around a hundred LSL staff had banners, party poppers and lots of cake! One of the funniest moments was my son Freddie beating me to the finish line in a “Chris Hoy style” sprint finish! A big thank you to Lucie Jones and the team at LSL Northernhay for putting on a superb finale and also thank you to Bill McClintock the chairman of the Property Ombudsman for attending and representing the Estate Agency Foundation. We then went on to an evening reception hosted by one of our sponsors, Fine & Country, where everyone attending enjoyed a montage of photographs of the whole event.
A massive thank you to all the support team and all our industry colleagues, both the cyclists and the people who were part of the pit stops; between us all we have helped to raise the profile of the Estate Agency Foundation and proved as an industry what we can achieve if we work together.
So, it’s finally over, 32 days in total - over 2600 miles of cycling, but actually if you add up the amount of miles cycled by industry colleagues in total it’s probably well in excess of 15,000.
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