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.

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?

 

New Web Marketing Specialist

Jackie Mehlmann-Wicks has joined the Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) Marketing Team as Web Marketing Specialist.  Jackie has a background in web editing, site content management, search engine optimisation, analytics and email production and will be involved in a range of projects including the management of the Google Adwords campaign and analytics reporting.

Hailing from Saskatchewan, in Canada, Jackie Mehlmann-Wicks moved to London in the Autumn of 2006 to pursue love and success.  After leaving her former role as Web Editor for United Business Media to stay at home full-time with her (now) two-year-old son, she moved to North Hertfordshire and is ready to get back into web work with a vengeance.  Jackie holds a BA in English Honours, a BA in Film and Media Studies and has worked in a variety of environments including government, not-for-profit and business.  She once worked on a Hollywood blockbuster film, for which she is still in therapy.

Roger Bilder, acting Marketing Director, said, “Jackie is a great addition to the team.  She has a diverse range of experience and a great vision of how we can improve the online experience for our customers.

“We are always interested to hear from dynamic, enthusiastic people who can contribute to our success.  We are small enough for them to really make a difference yet big enough to offer a great working environment where they can grow with us and have fun doing it!”

If you think you might be the right person to join our team email info@alfasoft.com.

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