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Team Panda – inspired by Commonwealth Games success


The Commonwealth Games buzz is well and truly flowing. It really is inspiring to hear about these amazing athletes taking on such a variety of activities and seeing them shine. Team Panda has been watching closely and finding it truly motivational for their upcoming challenge and next biggest sporting event in the UK…Prudential Ride London!

Training for a challenge

We have 150 amazing cyclists taking on the now famous 100 mile Olympic route, starting in London, heading out to the Surrey Hills and then finishing in Green Park. We have experienced, keen cyclists taking part, along with amateurs taking on their first big ride. We couldn’t be more proud of the team, who are all putting in tremendous amounts of time and effort into training.

Eleanor Vitta taking part in the RideLondon 100“I’ve always enjoyed cycling, whether it’s a leisurely summer outing or commuting to work, but I’ve never thought of myself as a serious cyclist. When I saw the opportunity to enter the RideLondon-Surrey 100 for Team Panda I thought it would be a great way to get fit and challenge myself, while fundraising for a cause I believe in. The training has actually been a lot of fun, although it’s tough turning down an invitation to the pub in favour of the gym! I’m really looking forward to the day, seeing all the other people who have taken on the challenge, and achieving something really amazing to support WWF.”  – Eleanor Viita – taking part in RideLondon 2014 for Team Panda.

Fundraising for a challenge

Not only are these amazing group of cyclists taking on a huge challenge for us, they are also aiming to raise a minimum of £500 sponsorship. This is no mean feat, as many people are taking part in challenges and it may be hard to choose who to sponsor. But our loyal Panda’s are coming up with some fantastic original ideas to raise  money for WWF.

Kate Henstridge and Nicki Stewart fundraising for WWF-UKKatie Challinor and Nicki Stewart have got their local gym involved to help them meet their fundraising goal! The Panda Fitness Hour will include a Panda themed Spin class, with people dressed up & cycling to animal themed songs too!  To help raise as much money as possible there will be collection boxes out and Raffle tickets will also be being sold.

The Biggest loser club the gym run will also be having a ‘Panda made me do it’ week with panda exercises and challenges….. we can’t wait to see what they get up to!

I think the whole of the UK was massively inspired by London 2012, and I am so pleased to see that with events like the Common Wealth Games and amateur events, the legacy really is living on. Seeing the roads full of cyclists on a Sunday morning, enjoying our beautiful countryside will be great and hopefully showing people how important it is to look after our planet.

FreeCycle event in London © WWF-UKFreeCycle event in London © WWF-UK

Events can be taken on by anyone. Why not take part in the Free Cycle challenge on Saturday 9 August, as part of the Prudential Ride London weekend. This is a 10 mile route around London, with completely closed roads. Bring the whole family and take in the sites like never before. Or you can simply enjoy one of the festival zones. You can be sure Team Panda will be there!

Team Panda we salute you, and can’t wait to see you on Sunday 10 August! Fancy coming to cheer on the day, seeing what the event is all about and get into true Panda spirit? Email teampanda@wwf.org.uk and join us in Weybridge or Wimbledon.

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