’I really hope that everyone can do what they can,’ says driver

Formula 1 star Oliver Bearman has urged the London market to do what it can to help Aventum raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The (re)insurance firm is currently trying to break the world record for the most participants in a static cycle relay and is raising money for Cancer Research as part of the attempt.

It aims to raise around £50,000.

Bearman, who is the son of Aventum chief executive David Bearman, was one of the first participants on the bike yesterday (9 July 2024) before heading off to Silverstone to do a test with his future team Haas.

Ahead of his run on the bike, Bearman told Insurance Times that he was looking forward to play his part in the record attempt and that he would cycle for as long as he could.

“I recently got into cycling,” he said.

“So, I have been practicing for this, but I am also heading to Silverstone later for a test so I have got to manage my time a little.

“But I am really excited to start.”

Speaking about the £50,000 target for charity, Bearman added: “Every little helps and we have all donated what we can.

“It’s all going to a great cause, so I really hope that everyone can do what they can to raise that target.”

’Hard work’

The London market collectively has until 4pm on Thursday 11 July to set the record.

Matt Field, chief marketing officer at the (re)insurance group, officially kicked off the event by ringing a bell at 10am yesterday.

“From the very birth of the idea to now, there has been a lot of hard work,” Field told Insurance Times,  which is the official media partner for the event.

“The marketing team have worked tirelessly to get every single bit put on and make sure we have covered every angle.”

David Bearman added: “We compete against our peers and our competitors daily, but now we can all be in one place and raise money for a common cause and a good charity,” he said.