Tour de Hertford
Over 10-12 July, Team Hertford took on a new challenge: 50 cyclists set off to raise money for student support by pedalling over 200 miles from coast to coast, Morecambe to Robin Hood's Bay.
The route wound through beautiful scenery and up and down the Yorkshire dales, taking in two climbs tackled in the 2014 Tour de France, Buttertubs and Kidstone Pass.
Thank you to everyone for their wonderful support throughout the campaign. Thanks to the bike ride we now have £120,000 to support our students with bursaries, hardship grants and scholarships next year, as well as in support of our outreach work. There's still time to give to the bike ride by donating online here.
I had a really great time on the Tour de Hertford. Hertford's inclusive and friendly culture has clearly persisted over the decades, and was reflected in the attitude of all the people who took part, from current students to alumni in their 60s and 70s. This reminded me what a great time I had at Hertford as a student, and has made me want to do more to support the college - Chris Taylor
Check out our photos from the ride on our flickr or facebook page, and read the #TourdeHertford tweets we received throughout the journey on our twitter page. Or read about it from one of our alumni cyclists Andrew Dodd on his blog: 'Bring me sunshine. Laughter and smiles on the Tour de Hertford.'
You can also view video from a helmet cam used during the ride by one of our tandem riders, Chris Dace, which shows some of the beautiful scenery.
The bike ride was part of our larger celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of the Tanner scheme, an initiative by Hertford's Tutor for Admissions Neil Tanner which bypassed admissions exams and offered promising pupils, often from schools with little history of sending pupils to Oxford, with a place based on their performance in interview only.
Ian Thompson was our star fundraiser with £930.55 raised. Ian was a beneficiary of the Tanner scheme, so he was keen to get involved: 'I'm taking part because it's important that an excellent university education shouldn't be the preserve of the well off - and I've certainly benefited from my time at Hertford. By raising money for Hertford’s student support fund, we are helping to level the playing field.'