Meet the pedElle riders: Emma Turnbull, Avison Young

We're really looking forward to pedElle 2021, bringing together women in property after a two-year hiatus. Our generous sponsors are helping to make this year's Cumbrian-based event really special, and we're talking to some of their riders to find out what they're most looking forward to about this year's event, along with some of their top tips.

In this post, we talk to Emma Turnbull, Associate Director, Leisure, at Avison Young. Find her JustGiving page here


Tell us a little bit about you and your job role:

Based in North East of England, I am a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in the valuation of trading leisure businesses.  I have worked in the Leisure team of Avison Young for 6 years.  The majority of my work involves undertaking valuations of trading businesses such as holiday parks; visitor attractions; pubs, restaurants and hotels, primarily for secured lending purposes.  The leisure team also offers an agency service with particular emphasis on the holiday property sector.


Have you done PedElle before:

I haven’t done PedElle but I participated in the Club Peloton ride from Newcastle to Manchester in September 2019, the Legal & General Northern Power Ride. I thoroughly enjoyed it – it was the most professional ride I’ve ever done.


If yes, what’s the one piece of advice you’d pass on to new riders?

Go at your own pace – the riders all look out for one another and make sure that everyone stays in the Peleton.  Make sure that you put in some hill climb training – don’t expect to be able to ‘wing it’!

Pack a waterproof!

Take on all of the snacks that are offered – don’t under fuel!


How are you approaching training?

I am a keen triathlete so I train all year.  This year I have done 2 half iron distances (70.3 miles – 1.2 mile swim; 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run) and an Olympic distance. I ride most weekends with members of our Tri Club.  In the winter I train on an indoor turbo trainer.


What are you most looking forward to about riding in Cumbria? 

I am fortunate that I am familiar with the Lake District and know all too well about the elevation that we will encounter.  I’m looking forward to exploring the Forest of Bowland which is new to me. Fingers crossed we’ll be blessed with good weather – the Lake District can be very wet!


What are you looking forward to least? 

The early morning starts!


How are you connecting with other pedElle riders?

I’ve not been in touch with any riders but I suspect that I may have met with some of them on the Newcastle to Manchester ride.  I am based in Newcastle so it’s too far for me to travel to join the training rides.


How does the charity element of the ride keep you motivated?

Whilst cycling is a hobby which I thoroughly enjoy, the fact that we are raising funds for those who are less advantaged spurs me on to keep doing long rides incorporating hills right through the Summer and into the Autumn.  I feel privileged to have the good health and means to be able to explore and enjoy the open countryside that these National Parks have to offer.  Being able to give a bit back to society makes it all the more fulfilling.



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