The Pythagoras Pythons Spin for Smart Works

Between Monday 6th and Friday 10th March, 61 teams across the UK competed against each other to pedal 500 miles to raise money and awareness for women’s charity, Smart Works.

The challenge was for teams to virtually cycle 500 miles between the charity’s five offices – Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Reading and London- before midnight on Friday. Money raised will support Smart Works to continue their mission helping unemployed women back into work through the donation of smart clothing and interview coaching. The charity hope to set up further centres across the UK.

The Pythagoras Pythons -Rachel, Louise, Hazel, Emma and Claire- took part in the event in support of the Reading branch of Smart Works, as part of their corporate partnership with the charity. Each day, the team put in before and after-work sessions to complete 100 miles each and race towards the team target. The Pythagoras Pythons crossed the finish line on Friday afternoon.

Rachel Tudhope, Head of HR, Pythagoras commented: “This is the first year that Pythagoras has participated in ‘Spin for Smart Works’ but it certainly won’t be the last. Despite the sore muscles, we were all so proud when we hit the 500-mile mark, and it made it even more empowering to do this challenge over International Women’s Day.

Having worked closely with Smart Works Reading, we have all seen first-hand the difference the charity makes in our community, and we are delighted to have raised over £600 from our generous colleagues, friends and family.”

After enjoying a bike-free weekend, the Pythagoras Pythons were delighted to learn that they had completed the challenge in 33rd place.