Central City News: Staff in the saddle; CHARITY: Bank workers on their bikes in aid of drought victims.
STAFF at an Edgbaston bank were left saddlesoresuffered saddle sore after a marathon ride to aid charity.
Workers from the Islamic Bank of Britain, based in Duchess Place, joined more than 200 other cyclists when they got on their bikes for Cycle Relief 2006.
Sultan Choudhury and Fazia Saleem rode a total of 40 miles around Edgbaston's Cannon Hill Park and raised hundreds of pounds for people affected by drought in Africa.
Sales director Sultan lives in Moseley with his wife and two children and Fazia, from Bordesley Green, works as the marketing communications manager for the bank.
Sultan opted for the 25-mile route and first-time entrant Fazia decided on the 15-mile course.
The intrepid duo enjoyed the day so much that they have already vowed to sign up for the event again next year.
"It really was a great experience," said Fazia.
"There was a wonderful atmosphere and while it was tough we all got stuck in. We managed to raise a total of pounds 700 between us and after such a great day we are definitely up for it next year."
PEDAL POWER... Fazia Saleem and Sultan Choudhury.