Airport Energy – back in the saddle

A little saddle sore with a strained Achilles and very tired after his ‘little cycling challenge,’ Airport Energy’s operations manager Craig Heggie got back to work.

Every couple of years Craig sets himself a ‘crazy challenge’ to raise money for the Sebastian’s Action Trust. “It’s an amazing charity that I and some of you have supported since 2006,” said Craig.

Earlier this month, a team of 10 set out to cycle 700 miles from Basingstoke to Paris and back again in just 5 days. Craig’s bike was fitted with a tracker so supporters, friends and family could follow the team’s progress live online. Using social media to best advantage, the team had a Facebook page and could also be viewed on Youtube at

“The whole week became a bigger challenge then we expected,” Craig told Fuel Oil News. “We had everything thrown at us – head winds, an 8 mile hill, 15 punctures, two broken spokes, thunder and rain.”

Seven out of the 10 completed the challenge in 4 days, 13 hours and 40 minutes with a average of 140 miles a day and to 15 hours a day in the saddle.

“On the plus side cycling down the Champs Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe was an amazing experience and, to date we’ve raised just over £9000, so a massive thanks to all those who supported us.

“If anyone wishes to personally sponsor me post event, please follow the link to my just giving page