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Omega Resource Group get ready to cycle their way to France for Cheltenham charity

The team has begun training for their trek in May to the south of France, departing from Omega’s head office in Stonehouse, Gloucester. The money raised will go towards Hop Skip and Jump’s Cheltenham centre, which provides fun play spaces, support and respite opportunities for thousands of children with special needs and their families.

Fitting training into their busy schedule sees the cyclists setting off early in the morning before work and pounding the pavements on their racing bikes at the weekend.

Andrew Hopcraft, charity cycling veteran and managing director of Omega Engineering Services, part of Omega Resource Group, said of the training: “One of the hardest parts of the training is the mental side – getting over the early wake ups and battling the cold and rain we are facing in Gloucestershire this February. Training as a team is a big help as we all push each other to ride-on further.”

“Last year our team managed to cycle 425 kilometres from Stonehouse to Paris and raised more than &pound11,000 for Bristol Children’s Cancer Unit. This year the challenge is even more arduous, as we will ride twice the distance of last year’s challenge, but within the same amount of time! We must be mad, but we’re looking forward to the challenge and raising lots of money for this fantastic charity.”

Jeanette Bates, Foundation Coordinator at Hop Skip and Jump added: “We are absolutely thrilled that Omega Resource Group has nominated Hop Skip and Jump as their charity for the Stonehouse-St. Emilion cycle ride. It really is an epic challenge and we are so grateful for the team’s hard work. We will support them every step of the way, and every penny they raise will go towards helping children with special needs and disabilities at Hop Skip and Jump in Cheltenham.”

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