A TWO-week, thousand-mile cycle marathon raised more than £3,000 for charity, as well as visiting five universities to showcase careers opportunities at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

The Route to Success team made up of graduates and senior scientists and engineers from AWE, including chief executive Iain Coucher, cycled enough miles to go to China and

back and each individual rider climbed the equivalent of 1.5 times the height of Mount Everest.

During the event as well as raising more than £3,000 for AWE partner charity, Living Paintings, the team visited five universities, speaking to more than 250 students about science,

engineering and technology careers at AWE.

A full-size working road bike, designed and produced on a 3-D printer by AWE graduates, proved a great topic of conversation amongst the students they spoke to.

A spokeswoman from AWE, said: “One key element of the project that supported the university effort was the additive manufactured bike. In a short space of time, we designed, manufactured and assembled the bike. It received great attention and provides a platform we an continue to use to support outreach and development programmes.”