On 7th September on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Cycle4Sewa made its third annual appearance at the Redbridge Cycling Centre with the aim to raise as much money for SEWA UK. With the success achieved over the past 2 years, Swayamsevaks and Sevikas from Newham Nagar were aiming to raise more money, to make the event larger and to ensure both participants, their families, sponsors and volunteers had a great time.

Prior to the event, registered participants had spent weeks trying to raise as much money as they could for charity, asking friends, family and neighbours to sponsor them. One participant stood out from the crowd, Vidhee Jagatia, independently raising £761.

Sunday afternoon arrived and over 120 budding cyclists took to the 1 kilometre track, determined to set a new personal best in the 2 hours.

A new element was added to the event this year in the form of a team challenge. With 4 teams battling against each other (including teams from the event sponsors; National Security Systems and Elite Visions), 5 cyclists from each team tried to complete as many laps as they could collectively. After an hour of cycling, the laps had been counted up and the winner was announced: Team Elite Visions, who completed an enormous 93 laps between the 5 cyclists.

We’d like to congratulate all of the cyclists that took part for all their hard work, as well as all the families, sponsors and volunteers who donated their time and resources for this event. It wouldn’t have been a success without the collective efforts of everyone involved. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you once again for a bigger and better Cycle4Sewa next year!

Quick Stats:

C4S London:

  • 120 Cyclists – approx. 350 Total sankhya with additional 19 cyclists in Team Challenge
  • £14,069 collected
  • Booked again for Sunday 6th September 2015.

C4S Manchester:

  • 87 Cyclists – approx. 120 Total sankhya
  • Awaiting final report on funds collected.

Additional venues for 2015 being looked at – Birmingham & Leicester

Report by Kishan Mehta.