Two pints, a cigarette and a 66-mile cycle ride – Now that’s what we call a challenge!

DeanIn June this year, Just Search’s Dean Finegold participated in the Solent Coastal Challenge. As noted when Dean was our ‘staff highlight’ in June, the client account manager is involved in many charity events, with his latest charity venture being one of the most challenging.

The event took place on June 22 and saw cyclists of all abilities congregate on the beautiful Isle of Wight to complete the self-navigating circuit. Dean managed to complete the 66-mile course, which includes six ferry crossings, in an impressive four hours and 40 minutes.

When asked what was the most difficult aspect of the Solent Coast Challenge, Dean said:

“The most challenging part was the hills in the Isle of Wight, the change in weather between hot and cold, also getting going again after lunch when I consumed two pints of lager and a cigarette – A true sportsman’s lunch!”

As a team of three, Dean and with his two best friends, managed to raise in the excess of £500 for the charity Hope and Aid Direct. Hope and Direct Aid is dedicated to making the difference to people’s lives in the Balkans.

With unemployment being immensely high and an increasingly burgeoning gap between rich and poor, the situation in the Balkans is becoming progressively more critical. Hope and Direct Aid raises money to provide food, clothing, tools, medicine and educational materials to people in the Balkans Now in its 11th year, the Solent Challenge has provided a prolific amount of aid for these destitute but proud people.

It isn’t clear exactly how much money was raised at this year’s Solent Challenge until all the donations are sent in but it seemed that the day was a gratifying success, as Just Search’s client account manager said:

“It was a tough but rewarding day; anything for charity is rewarding (and usually tough).”

When asked about his next charity venture, Dean is keeping schtum for the time being until sponsorship details and the press conference is confirmed and announced!