A 10 man Healix team cast superstition aside when they met up in Sweden on Friday 13th June to prepare for the daunting task of each completing a 300km circular route around one of Sweden's largest lakes.
With the football fans amongst them having had just 2 hours sleep after watching Holland v France in the European Championships, the team rose at 12.30 a.m. the following morning to cycle to the start line for a 2.00 a.m. start.
Led from the rear by Healix Director, Paul Beven, the team were swept along with 1,000's of other bike riders from 33 different countries, all keen to achieve the objective of cycling 300km around the Vattern lake within 24 hours.
The team completed the course in a very respectable ride time of 11 hours and 8 minutes with no injuries and only one minor equipment failure when one of Paul's pedals broke. Feeling exhausted but exhilarated, the team enjoyed a well earned pint, along with the 15,205 other people who completed the race!
More importantly, Healix raised over £6,000 for its adopted charity, the Shooting Stars Children's Hospice in Hampton which provides essential care and support for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families, free of charge, 365 days a year.