08:05AM, Friday 08 August 2014
A Sainsbury's food manager says he was shocked when he won the top prize for a holiday to the French Alps after entering into the Maidenhead Cycle Challenge.
Cyclists taking part in the challenge, which was set up by the borough and Love to Ride and Challenge for Change groups, had to cycle for 10 minutes or more in the space of three weeks.
Over recent weeks, Matt Packer has been leaving his car at his home in Coulson Way, Burnham, and cycling to work at Sainsbury’s Superstore in Providence Place, Maidenhead, in an effort to get fit for summer.
"I couldn’t believe it when I found out I'd won," said the 35-year-old.
"The challenge encouraged me to cycle more than usual and it was interesting to see how many miles other people were doing."
"I think it’s been really good for the community, and it’s got so many health benefits, as well as reducing emission.”
Heather Cooper, who works as an analyst at toy manufacturing company Mattel UK in Vanwall Business Park, was amazed after winning a bike, supplied by DNA Cycles.
“It was completely out of the blue”, said Heather from Bracknell.
“The challenge has helped me see how driving in a car all the time can affect your health and I'll definitely be getting on my bike more.”
The pair were presented with their prizes on Friday, August 1, at DNA Cycles in the High Street.
A healthcare company has come top of the leaderboard for the number of staff taking part in the Maidenhead Cycle Challenge.
Johnson & Johnson, in Roxborough Way, won the prize in the more than 500 staff section, with 5.2 per cent of their staff participating in the competition.
Certificates were given out by the Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr James Evans, at Foundation Park on Wednesday, July 30.
Cllr Evans said he was very proud that that so many Maidonians had taken on the challenge.
The Royal Borough council came second with 2.2 per cent of staff taking part.
Berkshire College of Agriculture came first place for organisations with 200-499 staff, and Wessex Primary School in the 40-199 section.
Both Michael Burbridge Limited and the customer operations department in Lexmark had 100 per cent staff participation.
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