Barrow Bikers Braced For Epic

30 May 2014

Ten members of the Costain and Centrica Energy team working on the Barrow Terminals Optimisation Project (BTOP) are gearing up for an epic charity bike ride.

On June 6 they will be cycling 85 miles from the Centrica Energy support base in Heysham to the Costain office in Styal, south of Manchester. The team hopes to raise more than £5000 for the project’s two chosen charities: the North West Air Ambulance Charity and St Mary’s Hospice. The North West Air Ambulance Charity is the medical air emergency service covering Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire. St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston provides supportive and palliative care for people with life-shortening conditions throughout south Cumbria. The team will be seen off from the office building in Heysham by representatives from St Mary’s, with representatives from the North West Air Ambulance Charity greeting them on their arrival in Styal.

The team aims to complete the ride in around eight hours. Over the course of the 85 miles they’ll climb more than 800 metres, with the highest point of the route at around 200 metres near Preston.

Teamwork will be vital, says Dave Downey, Construction Manager, Costain. He is one of the more experienced cyclists in the group and has already completed several long distance charity rides, including London to Paris.

“Not everyone has cycled this sort of distance before but we’re all experienced cyclists with plenty of ability. We’ll be keeping together and controlling the pace so that we finish as a group and raise our target.”

Bobby Atkinson, Planning Engineer, Centrica Energy, is another member of the team. “I’m a keen runner and triathlete and train every day. The longest ride I’ve done previously is 50 miles but I’m confident that I can do it at a nice, steady pace.

“We’re all looking forward to it. It will be a good team building exercise and a great way to raise money for two really deserving causes.”

To follow the team’s progress on Twitter @TeamBTOP.

To sponsor the team, go to:

For more information on the project’s two chosen charities, go to:




Media Enquiries
Costain Communications Department
01628 842585