Maybe you tested your legs on the bike, joined us for the live entertainment and perhaps participated in our raffle? Maybe you won? However you supported us, on or around the event day on September 5th, we’d like to extend one very big THANK YOU. Once again, overwhelming support was received from Prince Energy, The Golden Pheasant and many other local businesses. The sustained and humbling support of the local community is fundamental to the event’s success.
We’re delighted to announce another successful year which sees us raising a grand total of £6,000! The Brain Tumour Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust and Cardiac Risk in the Young are this year’s nominated charities. Please SAVE THE DATE for next year’s event! Saturday September 3rd, 2016. See you there!
Please note: The road through Wilsthorpe will remain closed on Saturday, despite our expectations.
No big problem. On approach to Wilsthorpe (52 mile mark) the route will be signed to turn right (as opposed to straight on) to head through Braceborough before turning left back into Greatford. Once in Greatford it’ll be another left, then a right onto Greatford Road. At that moment we’re back onto the original course.
Time permitting the Garmin route map will be amended.
We’re almost there! If you haven’t had a chance to pre-register online already, the system remains open until 1800hrs on Friday. Pre-registered riders can use Fast Track sign-in on Saturday. We strongly encourage you to use this system – it only helps us raise more. More details here.
How about the WEATHER? Most importantly it’s set to be a DRY day! Temperatures are expected to be around 15 degrees, so consider a light jacket.
Caught out by our sign-saboteurs on the 60 mile route last year? We’re taking several extra measures to ensure these lovely folk don’t get the better of us again! However, please prepare for the unexpected. If you have a Garmin, we strongly recommend you download the route. For those without, please ensure you familiarise yourself and also take a route card when you sign-in on Saturday morning.
The Golden Pheasant will be cooking up delicious breakfast butties from 0930 on Saturday – why not indulge if you feel you need the extra sustenance?!
Don’t forget a summary of Key Information can be found here.
See you on Saturday!
We’ve got some great talent performing in the afternoon of the event day. Line-up is as follows:
- 1.30: Meg McPartlin
- 2.30: Matt Howard
- 3.45: Waldorf & Statler
- 5.15: DB5
- 6.30: Undivided
- 8.30: Lee Major
Invite your friends and family, come and join in the fun. BBQ, refreshments and of course great prizes up for grabs in the raffle!
The prize pool for the event raffle is looking excellent! Tickets are available to purchase from Gary Pridmrore, Gary Reid, James Manning, Gary Mullaney, Matt Holman, Mark Gorman and Robin Pithey. For only a pound each, get yours ASAP to stand a chance at winning the following:
- 40” Smart TV
- iPod Touch
- Mountain Bike
- Many Cash Prizes
- Meals out at the Golden Pheasant, Ruddy Duck, Blue Bell Glinton and the Packhorse
- Selection of fine wines
- …and many more to follow as we run up to the event
Don’t know one of the people above? Please call or SMS Matt on 07989 559257. He’d be happy to organise your tickets. Otherwise, we’ll also have them available on the day.
Winners drawn at random at the Golden Pheasant, 1930, September 5th!
It’s less than two weeks before the event, and if you haven’t done so already we urge you to pre-register online.
It could seem like an unusual plea, but it’s of benefit to you as a participant and also to the event. How? You save money on your entry fee whilst also increasing the charity-earning potential by helping us drive efficiency in costs. You’ll also be able to use Fast Track sign-on and be riding as quickly as possible!
Registration is very straightforward and will only take a couple of minutes.
- Sign-on / Registration will be open from 0930.
- Riders of any route can start anytime between 1000 and 1200.
- Pre-registered riders still need to quickly sign-on via the Fast Track queue.
- On the day registrants need to join the adjacent queue and fill in a short form; cash payment only at this stage.
- Helmets are a mandatory requirement due to insurance reasons.
- All routes will be fully waymarked and marshals will be present in key areas.
- Each rider will receive a route card on the day and for GPS users you can also download the files to your device. See Routes page.
- Route cards will also contain emergency contact details.
- Please plan to be self-sufficient for common eventualities; punctures etc.
- Feed station at a quarter and three quarters of the way on the 60 mile route will be free-of-charge / included in your entry fee. But please note, the Windmill Café at the halfway point will not be subsidised – you’ll need cash.
Don’t forget to stay around and join us at The Golden Pheasant after the ride: BBQ, live music and the raffle to look forward to. P.S. The raffle prize pool is looking very attractive indeed, more details to follow ASAP!
For any further questions please feel free to contact us.
Each year, we select two charities to benefit from the funds raised in addition to the Brain Tumour Foundation. The Liam Pridmore fund at the Brain Tumour foundation is of course an annual beneficiary. For more information on Liam, please see the About page here.
Cardiac Risk in the Young
We were made aware of the charity following the tragic and sudden death of a local girl Lucy Jessop, who collapsed and died in March 2015 after running with a friend. Lucy was such a happy young lady; she was very confident and enjoyed life to the full. She worked hard and attended The Deepings School and was looking forward to going to University. Prior to her sudden death she had been accepted to all her University choices and wanted so much to be a pharmacist. She loved to Party and had lots of great friends who are sadly missing her like crazy; she would want everyone to Party on and live their lives to the full. She worked at the Packhorse pub in Northborough and loved it so much. She had a great work ethic and loved her technology so much. Her mobile phone was a permanent fixture in her hand and every time she went out she would take photos of everything – Selfies were a must!
Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of an undiagnosed heart condition such as the one that affected Lucy. Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programs and funds medical research. CRY also publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds fast track referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.
Please see their website for further detail. We are sure you will agree that this is a great cause for us to support in 2015.
Teenage Cancer Trust
We know how difficult and challenging it can be for young people with Cancer and their families to deal with the day to day onslaught of visits to hospital for the treatment they require. We’ve discovered a great new initiative in place at Addenbrookes Hospital and supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust. It’s a Specialist Day-Care Centre specifically for those aged 14 to 24, and it provides a space for them to go to and hang out whilst undergoing treatment. It avoids them having to sit around on hospital wards during treatment and provides specific facilities that make their time spent in hospital a little more bearable. We know Liam would have loved a place like this. He would have especially liked the gaming facilities and the pool table!
Do you think you could support us in promoting the event by putting up a poster in your workplace? If so, please do! Download the poster here.