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Some articles on the Red Pouches appear here:

The Courier:

The 2006 London to Cambridge Bike Ride saw a team of 12 employees from Cambridge Mail Centre taking part to raise money for three very important charities - Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the East Anglia Children’s Hospice in Milton, and the Arthur Rank House Hospice in Cambridge.

The team, calling themselves the Red Pouches, started training for the event in February with 25 mile routes around the Cambridge area which is not known for its hilly conditions.

On Sunday 23rd July 2006, the official route from London to Cambridge took in some 50 miles of the more scenic, and hilly countryside, much to our team’s great joy.

Cycling in uniform on old PO bicycles, our team were the talking point of the race, outpacing many riders on cycles costing thousands of pounds, and much to the amazement of supporters along the way.

The Team surpassed their expectations, all completing the gruelling course with the fastest finishing in 3 hours 12 minutes, and the last team member coming in at 4 hours 58 minutes.

Chris Clingham, Mail Centre Manager at Cambridge was there to greet them at the end. “I am really proud of them. Their effort and commitment is so impressive. They really are a great credit to Royal Mail”.

Raising no less that £2522 for their chosen charities, the group are already planning next year’s expedition.

Here's a link to the article that appeared in the Cambridge Evening News on 10 October following a presentation evening at Cambridge Mail Centre when the cheques were presented to the three charities involved.

Danny Miller presented the cheques to East Anglia Children's Hospice, Jane Holmes to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and Chris Clingham to Arthur Rank House (click on the names to see the presentation photos)

The Red Pouches took part in a further four events in 2006. They were in evidence at the annual Chariots of Fire Race in Cambridge, the Saffron Walden 10k run, the Oxford to Cambridge Cycle Race and they also rose to a challenge from Ian Songhurst, General Manager of Royal Mail in East Anglia, and his team to take part in another sponsored cycle ride. The Red Pouches easily won, but graciously called it an honourable draw.

The challenge took in 35 miles of Cambridge and Newmarket country side on a chilly and windy Sunday morning. For anyone thinking that Cambridgeshire is flat, think again - we seemed to find every hill in the county.

A good day had by all though, and another £3000 raised for Help the Hospices.

One final piece of recognition for the Red Pouches - they were nominated in the Royal Mail First Class People Awards for their work and efforts in 2006 and were short listed to the regional semi finals. They won £500 for their efforts so well done again to you all.

The original Red Pouches are: Alan Baldock, Lynn McGhee, Jane Holmes, Danny Miller, Chris Welsh, Tim Blake, Jamie Reynolds, Dave Holt, Mark Benton and Warren Langford, Mathew Gardner and Tony Barringer, supported by Barry Smissen and Peter Kendrick