IN PICTURES: Heathrow Race the Plane event raises £100k for charity


By Heathrow

Published 22nd January 2016

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UPDATE: The 2018 Race the Plane event is underway! Find out more here.

Over 300 cyclists, from 28 teams, BEAT the plane by 88 miles in Heathrow’s Race the Plane event for charity Oxfam yesterday!

In total, the cyclists travelled well over 3,500 miles, at an average speed of 609 miles per hour, with the event raising £100,000 for Heathrow’s partner charity – Oxfam.

Each person cycled for 30 minutes on an exercise bike in Terminal 5 departures and had to cover an average of 14 kilometres in that time.

The cyclist to get the furthest – Matt Bottrill from team HSS Hire- cycled a staggering 14.27 miles (22.97km) in the half hour, at an average speed of 28.55mph!

Overall, the teams covered 3,969 miles of cycling – over 500 miles more than the distance travelled by the plane between New York’s JFK Airport and Heathrow.

Pictures from the day…

Hyperlapse video of some of the cyclists in action!

The teams…

We have to give a big Heathrow thankyou to all of the companies that entered teams in the event including:

  • NATS
  • Vanderlande Industries
  • Wilson James
  • ARUP
  • Turner & Townsend
  • HSS Hire
  • MACE
  • ISS Communications
  • Ferrovial
  • Boon
  • Heathrow Express
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Mitie
  • Atkins
  • Beumer Group
  • Aviation Business Continuity
  • Omniserv
  • Capgemini
  • UK Power Networks Services
  • Smiths Detection
  • Babcock
  • Morgan Sindall

A BIG thank you to the organisations that helped make the event possible!

From all of us at Heathrow, we also have to say a big thanks to the contributions of Njinga, Capgemini, Lea Valley Colour and No-Nonsense Design in making the day possible.

It’s not too late to donate either! While over £100,000 was raised just through the entry donations of the teams, additional donations can still be made online, here.

See more from the day via @yourHeathrow and #RaceThePlane on Twitter.


By Heathrow

Published 22nd January 2016