Pedal power for Quadrant security guards
SECURITY guards at Swansea’s Quadrant shopping centre have ended up raising hundreds of pounds for worthy causes after getting on their bikes.
Steve Johnson from Waunarlwydd, Lee Roberts from Gendros, and Darren Hoare from Mayhill, only took up cycling around 18 months ago to keep fit, but since then the three have started taking their cycling seriously, and entered themselves in organised rides to raise cash for charity.
Last summer they entered the Gower Bike Ride, covering over 100 miles between them in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
And they got into the saddle again to take part in the Pedal for Parkinson’s ride around Llanelli.
Steve, 39, who has been part of the security team at the Quadrant Centre for the past nine years, said: “At first it was just something to do to keep fit and maybe lose a little weight.
“Then, as we got better at it, we thought it would be good to enter some organised rides and raise some money for charity.
“Last September, we all entered the BHF Gower Ride. I decided to do the 50-mile route and the other two chose the 28-mile route.
“We did pretty well and raised £300-400 between us. I suppose that gave us the taste to have a go at more charity rides.”
Lee, 40, who has been a Quadrant security officer for the past six years, said: “We decided that another good ride to do was the Pedal for Parkinson’s event and we’ve done that one as well as the BHF Ride which was in June this year.
Darren, 34, and a Quadrant security officer for 15 years, said: “The three of us started off cycling just to keep fit and we’ve moved on to do these charity rides to give us a fresh challenge and a bit of a change of scene.”
Ian Kirkpatrick, Manager of the Quadrant Centre, said: “They’re a good team here and they’re doing a great job for charity as well."
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