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5 men.....1,000 miles......3 days.... 

They say its not possible....well those who know us do!

".....you've tried the cabbage soup, the Atkins, the GI & the south beach diets... You've weight-watched, calorie-counted, alternated between red & green days & endured the ritual humilation of weekly weigh-ins...  You've Zumba'd, body pumped & PDX90'd until you've collapsed in exhaustion... But love, that middle-age spread just keeps on spreading!!"

And thats how it all started....

One night over a romantic dinner, one of the wives - who'll remain nameless- but who is blessed with an elfin-like physique thanks to a  fast metabolism(!) - turned to her husband, demanded he put down his laverbread & told him that it was time he shaped up...!

The rest as they say is history... bound by the spirit of male brotherhood & solidarity (you insult one of us, you insult us all!) & inspired by Bradley Wiggins & the British Cycling team, Team Pie was born & our Trans-Pennine challenge began....

A route was plotted & a date was set: Southport to Hornsea - 346km (215 miles in old money!) in 3 days.  OK, its hardly the Tour de France - but then again, we're hardly finely tuned athletes!  But it's a challenge nonetheless....over 70 miles a day each - a whopping 1,075 miles between us in total!. Thats a long time in the saddle & an awful lot of pressure resting on one rather delicate area for an awfully long time!. 

But this isn't just an excuse for us to carb-load, take on plenty of 'fluids', shave our legs and recapture our Adonis-like physiques of yester-year...no really its not!.  We're also doing our bit for charity too...

We're looking to raise over £2,000 for Derian House Children's Hospice - a local charity that focuses on specialist palliative respite & terminal care for children who may not live to reach adulthood. It's a charity we admire greatly - we're all Dads - there but for the grace of God and all that.....

Please give generously!  Without your support, we fear that come day two when we awake from our slumber - aching, sore & slightly hungover - it's only the thought of letting down the people who've sponsored us that'll stop us catching the train home.

Thanks for your support....x

 

So who are Team Pie?  Left to right on the pic we have.....

Chris Male - whilst he shares the same forename as Sir 'Chris' Hoy & does have a nice sideline in Gold Medalions (Winner of Best Newcomer, European Elvis Championship 2010 - just look at that silky, shiny quiff!), Mr Male was sadly blessed with the thighs of a woman....

David Schofield - our experienced endurance athlete & resident ornithologist (HONK!).  He's organised, commited & the only one who's actually done any training to date.  He'd never admit it but he's gagging to capture the Yellow Jersey!

Nigel Mair - the Ying to David's Yang....if he was any more laid back Nigel would be horizontal!  He's a fella who never gets flustered - a humble man blessed with an even-temper, good-humor and the patience of a Saint....(have you met Vicky!?!?).

Gordon Shepard -  unofficial team medic & an expert on chaffing & boils.....  Oh how we look forward to G's daily rant on why this year is going to be Liverpool's year!

Dominic Holt-Gregson - the baby of the team... the only one under 40 & 5ft!...as thick of thigh as he is of head, he's the one on the bike with stabalisers and tassles on the handlebars!

 

Raising money for

Derian House Childrens Hospice

Derian House Childrens Hospice

Charity Registration No. 1005165

Providing specialist care & support for children and young people with a life threatening illness. The hospice is open 365 days a year and the care is completely free to families. With more than £3.million needed each year, it remains almost totally reliant on voluntary funding.

Donations 134

Well done guys, excellent effort

Donation by Nick Ratcliffe on 29/09/11

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Daddy. XXX Sebastian

Donation by colette schofield on 28/09/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Well done David and team. Tony&James Sopel & family

Donation by colette schofield on 28/09/11

£20.00

Well done David and team Mark Purdy & family

Donation by colette schofield on 28/09/11

£10.00

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Well done David. Uncle George

Donation by colette schofield on 12/09/11

£10.00

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Well done David. Steven Carroll

Donation by colette schofield on 12/09/11

£20.00

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Well done David. Love Mum

Donation by colette schofield on 12/09/11

£20.00

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Well Done David. John&Helen

Donation by colette schofield on 12/09/11

£10.00

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Well done David Mrs Calvert

Donation by colette schofield on 12/09/11

£5.00

Well done David. Geoff & Christine

Donation by colette schofield on 12/09/11

£40.00

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Well done - putting us to shame!

Donation by Jan Roe on 31/08/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by Aidan Lord on 29/08/11

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 24/08/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done to you all! Ian and Jayne Hill

Donation by Jayne Hill on 23/08/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done to Chris and the team! Jill and Guy Mathieson

Donation by Joanna Male on 23/08/11

£10.00

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WELL DONE GORDON I AM REALLY PROUD OF YOU. HOPE YOUR BACK IS BETTER. LOVE MUM X..

Donation by mary SHEPARD on 19/08/11

£25.00

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Well done Gordon. Uncle Joe.

Donation by James Thomas Shepard on 19/08/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Hi David and co. Sorry the donation's a bit late as we've been on holiday. Best Wishes. Janet, Jon and family.

Donation by janet hill on 19/08/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Donation from Jac Harbot

Donation by Gordon Shepard on 16/08/11

£5.00

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Good luck from Joe Shepard

Donation by Gordon Shepard on 15/08/11

£25.00

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Hi Chris and team, hope all is going well, best of luck Louise (French) x

Donation by Louise Bentley on 14/08/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck David and friends. From Sue Chris Thomas & Nicole

Donation by colette schofield on 11/08/11

£10.00

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Good Luck David and friends. From Tracy Ella & Shaun

Donation by colette schofield on 11/08/11

£10.00

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Good luck David From Alessandro Ferrero Dental Lab.

Donation by colette schofield on 11/08/11

£20.00

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Wow! Dont know how you find the time to train - you're amazing Dom!! We hope Luis grows up to be just like you....

Donation by Denise and Glyn on 11/08/11

£50.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,690.00
  • Offline donations£100.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,790.00
  • Gift Aid£455.00

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