H&H Companies Take on The Tour of Britain

9th September 2016

Staff of H&H Group companies successfully complete 188km ‘Tour of Cumbria’ linking together three of their major offices, re-enforcing how deep rooted the company has become in the region.

Inspired by the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, two members of the H&H team took on stage 2 of the Tour de Britain, which runs past three H&H offices. Tim Parsons, Director of H&H Land and Property and Brendan Foley, Lettings Agent successfully completed the challenging 188-kilometre route from Carlisle to Kendal on 4th September, a day ahead of the professional cyclists.

It all started at the H&H Land and Property offices in Carlisle and finished at the Michael C L Hodgson/ H&H Land and Property office in Kendal.

Tim, Brendan and two friends began their route at Rosehill in Carlisle, they then passed through Armathwaite and Langwathby before reaching Penrith and the new H&H King Estate Agency office. Leaving Penrith the route passed down the west side of Ullswater before turning north to the A66. Following a café stop at Caldbeck one of the party fell away but the three remaining cyclists proceeded to the north end of Bassenthwaite Lake and through to Cockermouth.

Having left the flat Lorton Valley behind the route took Tim and Brendan over Whinlatter Pass and down into Keswick, before turning south around Thirlmere and Grasmere to reach “The Struggle” at Ambleside. At up to 25% gradient in places “The Struggle” is classified as a Category 1 climb on the Tour – the hardest in the event. Having struggled up The Struggle the route took the party into Kendal to finally finish at the Michael C L Hodgson office, a business bought by the H&H Group in December 2015.

Commenting on his achievement, Tim said ‘Brendan and I are keen cyclists and when we saw that the Tour of Britain was coming through Cumbria yet again in 2016 and passing through the towns where we now have offices’ it seemed like a good idea to give ourselves a challenge and complete the same route the day before. We took approximately 4 hours longer than the professionals. but with over 9,000 feet of climbing and a total distance of 119 miles we fell that what we achieved as a couple of amateurs is more than satisfying.”

The Tour of Britain is the UK’s highest ranked cycling event with the route stretching from Glasgow to London across eight stages. The second stage of the tour is widely regarded as one of the toughest routes this year, making the achievement of Tim and Brendan all the more admirable.

Brendan is now looking ahead to his next challenge, saying;

“I have done a reasonable amount of cycling including in the Alps but when we discussed the challenge I thought it would be pretty hard and it proved to be. It makes you realise how good the professional riders are especially getting up day after day to ride a similar distance. I certainly couldn’t have done it again the day after!”

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