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A team of six riders, most of them from local law firm ISOLAS, yesterday made their triumphant return to a heroes’ welcome after covering 550kms in five days on bicycles.

The team left early on Friday 23rd October for Cape St Vincent, Portugal’s Southeastern-most point and set out on the challenge first thing on the Saturday morning. Averaging about 110 kilometres per day, the team spent most of each of the five days in the saddle, spending the evenings nursing sore legs in a number of motel/pension-type accommodation.

On Wednesday 28th, after a gruelling five hour ride from Medina Sidonia into fierce headwinds, the team arrived at ISOLAS’ offices in Portland House and were greeted by all members of staff from both ISOLAS and Fiduciary. Speaking on their arrival, Selwyn Figueras, one of the riders, spoke about the experience. ‘It’s amazing how, over the course of a single long ride, never mind the whole five day ride, you endure an emotional rollercoaster: one moment you’re absolutely fine, almost ashamed of how easy it seems to be and the next you’re wondering how on earth you got yourself involved in such a crazy challenge.”

As always with these things, having now completed it, the team is happy that they were involved and, in particular, very satisfied with the amount of money raised for local charity. At the time of going to press the team had managed to raise close to £13,000, this figure is still growing. Local charities Breast Cancer Support Gibraltar and the Happy Faces trust will be receiving part of the funds raised. Also amongst those organisations destined to benefit is St Martin’s School with whom the PJ Isola Foundation (which administers the funds raised) has worked with in the past. The PJ Isola Foundation wishes to thank all those who have donated and assisted in making this possible.

02-11-2009 | by Selwyn Figueras | Published: Gibraltar Chronicle - November 2009