Cyclist takes on ‘gruelling’ ride in memory of colleague who died from motor neurone disease

ONE-DAY CHALLENGE: Greg Culshaw of Toyota (GB) completes the 24-hour cycle challenge


Greg Culshaw, general manager customer, network and quality support, at Toyota (GB), has completed a grueling 24-hour static bike ride, putting him on course to raise more than £40,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Greg began his challenge at 10am on November 17 at the company’s head office in Epsom, Surrey. He was joined by a number of colleagues, including Agustin Martin, Toyota (GB) president and managing director, who completed stints on static bikes alongside him, to give him encouragement.

Jody Cundy, the paralympic cyclist, and Mark Chapman, director of finance of the MND Association, helped cheer him on at the start of his marathon.

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Toyota (GB) is halfway through a three-year partnership with the MND Association and has so far raised more than £78,000 for the charity, which focuses on improving access to MND care, funding research and campaigning on behalf of the MND community.

Greg was inspired to take on the challenge in memory of a Toyota colleague, Rachel Rollason, who died from motor neurone disease earlier this year.

He said: “Rachel and I spent four years working together in the customer services division and it’s fair to say that she made a lasting impression on me. Her boundless energy and devotion to getting things done were inspiring. She operated on ‘no limitology’ before I had even heard the phrase.”

He added: “This has been a brutal challenge, but, at the same time, I’ve been focused on completing it for Rachel and the MND Association.

“The idea started in a conversation with Rachel and, in her last text message to me, she told me how proud she was of me for taking it on. She continues to inspire me and in turn, made me proud of her.”

To date, Greg has raised nearly £16,000. Toyota (GB) has pledged to fund-match the total raised by Greg, which means the charity should receive around £40,000 to help it keep up the work it does.

Jody Cundy, eight-time paralympic champion (three for swimming, five for track cycling) commented: “It was a pleasure to join Greg for the first hour of his 24-hour charity ride for MNDA. It was a tough challenge, but I hope my support and presence helped make it a little easier.”


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