Surak’s Nightrider Cycle for NSPCC

This past week, Surak Perera, our Maths & Simulation Software Specialist, took part in Nightrider – a 100 km night-time cycle through central London – to help raise donations for NSPCC. He talks about his journey on the Adept Scientific blog.

“Starting the ride outside Alexandra Palace at midnight on Saturday was nice; warm-up coming up the hill, and fast start downhill. There were around 4000 riders with staggered starts of 5 minutes. The start was strong and I quickly got going, overtaking everyone uphill. Cycling to work from Hitchin to Letchworth had prepared me well, I thought…

It is an amazing experience riding through a city at night. You see its different characteristics in a raw form. I felt like I was rolling around all of London’s social facets.

Towards the final leg, the last 20 km, I suddenly lost all energy in my legs; I had hit the wall. At that stage it was simply mind-over-matter that kept me going. The final ascent up the hill back to Ally Pally felt more like a retribution of fire, as opposed to a warm-up like it did at the start. It struck me why I was doing this though, so I never gave up. I attribute my weak finish to the following:

  • They only gave us a muffin and a coffee at the midway point
  • Absolutely no training for this event

Highlights:

  • Traffic jam at Piccadilly Circus + 100s of Saturday Nighters + 100s of Night Riders = Fun.
  • Dawn; looking up and seeing the Tower Bridge and feeling like I had stumbled across it on my way.
  • Tripping a 30 mph speeding board. This gave us a rough indication of speed downhill.

This thing was hard, so I hope you are happy with my accomplishment!”

Here is the route tracking data for Surak’s cycle through London.

If you would still like to contribute towards Nightrider, you can donate on Surak’s sponsorship page.

Lovin’ the Lister – Adept Scientific Bakes for Charity

This Valentine’s Day, Adept Scientific held a charity event to raise funds for a new playroom for the Lister children’s ward. Efforts involved baking love-themed goods for sale, dressing up, dressing down, and dressing in red.

Adept Scientific was awash with red on the 14th and the cakes were flying from the kitchen faster than we could plate them. Overall, it was a fun and successful day, and those who contributed to baking, buying or dressing up/down helped to raise a grand total of £201.34.

Have you planned any fundraising activities this year? We’d love to hear about it.

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Adept Scientific Raises Funds for Sport Relief 2012

On Friday lunchtime, some of us at Adept Scientific headed out into the hazy, summer-like day to clock a few miles for Sport Relief.  Twelve participants (11 human and 1 canine) began a 4-mile walk from the Letchworth office and headed north towards the scenic footpaths of idyllic Norton, which rewarded us with picturesque views of farmland and the surrounding countryside of Hertfordshire.

 

 

Our brisk pace was eased slightly by a quick stopover at the Three Horseshoes pub, where we convened for a cold drink before heading back to the office to eat a baked potato and tally up our donations. As Adept Scientific agreed to donate £1 per mile walked per person (or animal) doubled, we managed to raise a respectable £108 for Sport Relief. Not bad for bit of fresh air and exercise!

 

 

Click here if you’d like to see the route we took.

 

What have you done, or what will you be doing, to raise money for Sport Relief this year?

 

Charity cake bake bags £260 for Keech Hospice Care

We don’t claim to be master cake makers by any means, but several of the Adept team were ready to don their aprons and grab their spatulas in aid of a good cause.

On Wednesday 8th December, the great Adept charity bake-off took place. Adept foodies created a mouth-watering selection of cup-cakes, muffins and biscuits to tempt the tastebuds and loosen the purse strings. Our resident samosa expert, Sharifa, also cooked up a batch of spicy treats to provide a savoury break from the sugar overload.

There were prizes for the prettiest cake and the tastiest cake, and once the judging was over, the goodies went on sale with all proceeds going to Keech Hospice Care. A raffle also helped to boost the sum raised to £130, which was then doubled by Adept Scientific, giving a grand total of £260 to help Keech Hospice provide vital care and support to sick children and their families.

The candidates for the cake competition

Paul Bragg, Adept’s Chairman, described his task of judging the cakes for appearance and taste as “as a tough but enjoyable challenge, fortunately my no cake diet starts in the New Year”

UPDATE: We did a little more catering and increased the amount raised to just under £300.

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