Loughborough Alumni


15 May 2020

130 Challenge gets underway across the world

Led by alumnus Oliver Sidwell, a group of 15 alumni and staff from the University are getting on their bikes over the next two weeks to raise funds for the COVID-19 Emergency Hardship Fund.

Ollie, who is the current President of the Alumni Association, originally planned to cycle 130 miles from the University’s London campus on the Queen Elizabeth Park to Loughborough – and has adapted the challenge so that it can still take place during lockdown.

The group of alumni and staff will each cycle 130 miles over a two-week period, starting on 16 May 2020. Some will head out on their bikes into their local areas, whilst others will complete the distance using a turbo trainer at home.

130 challenge

The cyclists are:


  • Thomas Baker, BSc Geography 2005, Queenstown, New Zealand 
  • Dr Thomas Corbett, PhD Civil and Building Engineering 2019, Lincoln
  • Manuel Costa, BSc Management Sciences 2006, Miami, USA
  • Ashleigh Day, BSc Geography 2014, Nottingham
  • Tim Hurst, BSc Ergonomics 2005, Essex
  • James Lewis, BSc Sports Science and Physics 2006, Victoria, Australia
  • Nick Proctor, BSc Business Economics and Finance 2006, Cardiff
  • Oliver Sidwell, BSc Geography and Management 2007, London
  • Richard Sutcliffe, BSc Sport and Exercise Science 2005, Malaga, Spain
  • Rob Taylor, BSc Sport Management 2012, Oakham
  • Dr Duncan Walker, PhD Aeronautical Engineering 2003, Loughborough


  • Professor Cees De Bont, Dean, School of Design and Creative Arts, Loughborough
  • Professor Tony Edwards, Dean, Loughborough University London, London
  • Sarah Fisher, Engagement Assistant, Loughborough
  • Professor Rachel Thomson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Loughborough

Tracking their mileage using the popular running and cycling app, Strava, participants and donors will be able to follow the progress of the 130 Challenge via its integration with Just Giving.

The COVID-19 Emergency Hardship Fund was set up in March to raise money for those students who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Cyclists each have their own pages on Just Giving, linked to a central page for the challenge, and overall are aiming to raise £2,000 for the fund.

If you would like to find out more about the challenge, track the cyclists or donate, check out the Just Giving page.

We wish them all the best of luck.

More information about the challenge and the participants is available online.

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