As part of The Buying Solution and Knight Frank’s bi-annual Day of Giving, five members of TBS (Mark Lawson, Bobby Hall, Nick Mead, Harry Gladwin and Jonathan Bramwell) donned some stretchy shorts and pedalled 80km last Thursday.
The route, which took the team from TBS Newbury office, Berkshire to their Cotswold base at Kingham on the Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire borders, was accomplished in under 6 hours.
One the way we bicycled past, or within close proximity of, approximately £200m worth of country houses and farms & estates that we’ve bought for clients over the past 15 years.
Thanks to our local knowledge, we were able to plot a sage and not too “hilly” route, taking in some of the most scenic countryside along the way. First we cycled along the Lambourn Valley – otherwise known as the “Valley of the Racehorse”, stopping at The Blowing Stone, Kingston Lisle, for a sandwich and ale. From here it was into the area favoured by St. Hugh’s School parents as we passed through Faringdon and onto Filkins. We then entered the Cotswolds via Little and Great Barrington passing into Daylesford before arriving in Kingham.
The Day of Giving encourages all members of the firm to do a charitable event ranging from cake selling to running the length of The Thames Path. This year, the money raised went to support Land Aid, Maggie’s, Mary’s Meals and the Rainbow Trust. So far this has raised over £140,000.
Despite what is probably best described as a mixed ability team, and the fact that one of us was riding on a hybrid rather than a racing bike, we had good weather and everyone enjoyed the day – all helped along by a great team of supporters.
Cycling through the countryside forces everyone to slow down, take in the surroundings and gain essential local knowledge – from a couple of barns that have been done up recently that I hadn’t yet noticed, to pressing home how noisy things can get in the surrounding villages when the planes at RAF Brize Norton are doing their circuit training.
Other than a few sore bottoms (despite extra padding in the form of a fluffy bike seat cover which Mark Lawson stole from his mother’s bike!), it was a great opportunity to take some time out, get some fresh air and do our bit for charity.
Thank you to all who have sponsored us to date but for those of you that wish to still do this, it is not too late: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/knightfrankdayofgiving