Property professionals from Birmingham have raised £12,000 for the Birmingham Foundation, following a gruelling 125-mile cycle ride from Birmingham to Aberdovey.

They set off from Brindleyplace at 7am on May 16, and arrived in the coastal town of Aberdovey in Wales some ten hours later.

In preparation for the journey the team accomplished more than 3,000 hours of training, equivalent to 125 days of continuous pedalling, and included a 100-mile group training exercise at the end of April, coordinated by Alastair McChesney, of HBG Properties, who also planned the route to Aberdovey.

Charlotte Crossley, director of Brindley-place-based marketing, PR and design agency Core, played a fundamental part in organising the charity cycle challenge, and in getting the team of property professionals on board for the event.

She said: "For all 23 property professionals to complete the 125 mile course was a tremendous achievement. Although, the training that went into being prepared for this event was rightly quite significant. Having battled through horrendous weather and climbing up to the highest road in Wales, we were all in agreement that it was the charity cause that kept us pedalling all day, along with a bit of competitive spirit!"

The group has surpassed their initial fundraising target of £10,000 which quickly sped up to a very satisfying £12,000.

David Bucknall, chairman of Rider Levett Bucknall, and Birmingham Foundation, who completed the cycle ride in one of the fastest times achieved said: "Exceeding our fundraising target of £10,000 by an additional £2,000 is a credit to the dedication of the participants and the generosity of all of our supporters. The money will help make a real difference to deprived communities throughout the city."

Anyone who would still like to give support to the cyclists can do so by clicking onto the dedicated website birminghamtoaberdovey to make a donation. An extra 28 per cent in tax is received by the charity from all donations made by UK taxpayers via the website - at no additional cost to the donor.

Alternatively, cheques can be made payable to Birmingham Foundation and posted to Charlotte Crossley at Core, Fourth Floor, Four Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2JF.