Race the Plane 3!


Race the Plane 3!

On Wednesday 17th October, 400 Heathrow colleagues and partners, including Wilson James cycled to beat a United Airlines jet as it made its way across the Atlantic to New York in the airport’s annual Race the Plane charity challenge. The challenge, now in its third year, aimed to raise over £100,000 for the DofE charity and Heathrow Communities Trust.

The cyclists collectively needed to beat the plane’s cruising speed of 530mph to win their race against the Boeing 767-400ER as it made its way from Heathrow’s Terminal 2 to Newark Liberty Airport in New York.

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex was on hand to cheer on the 28 teams made up of 13 cyclists in the eight-hour challenge. Each cyclist had 30 minutes to cycle as quickly as they could on stationary watt bikes under the iconic Slipstream in Terminal 2 to cover distance more quickly than the plane.

For the third year in succession, we are thrilled to say they managed it! This year’s challenge saw our cyclists beat the United flight and raise vital funds for our charities.

Well done to John Raper, Darren Salmon, Dean Sambucci, Craig Porter, Laura McHugh, Matt Lavey, Paul Hart, Lewis Elkins, Katie Pryce, Brian Clarke, Rai Ahmad, Josh Start and Heather Mandizvidza.


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