Charity cycle ride marks SLP completion

Earlier this year, a team of intrepid colleagues set off to cycle the entire length of the Southampton to London Pipeline (SLP) to mark its completion and raise money for charities located along the route. Together, they raised a fantastic £10,000, including a donation of £2,500 from ExxonMobil and £2,500 from ExxonMobil SLP Project Safety Incentives.

Inspired by Tim Sunderland (Project Executive) and with the support of Bonnie Lewis (Jacobs) and Ian Game (Safety Manager), a plan was hatched to celebrate all the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the SLP project since 2018.

Early one morning, the amateur peloton including representatives from Esso, Jacobs, Fisher German and SCTW, gathered at the Esso West London Terminal near Heathrow for a team photo and safety check before setting off for the 120 km journey to Fawley. Passing through Surrey and its many hills, light drizzle turned into torrential rain for the rest of the day’s cycle.

Following an overnight stay and hearty breakfast in Alton, the cyclists arrived at Boorley Green, Hampshire the following day, having completed the ride through more challenging terrain and weather conditions. Later that evening, a celebratory meal was enjoyed by all before the team disappeared back to their rooms exhausted but satisfied.

Congratulations to all those who took part including the amazing support team of Ian, Pete and Dave, who were on hand to marshal the team (including stopping traffic on a main road) and who fixed tyres, carried luggage, and provided refreshments and much needed moral support.

Quite a memorable way to celebrate the delivery of the SLP project over the past five years and a tremendous legacy for those charities along the pipeline route who benefitted from the proceeds raised!