We're back! Checkout the facebook page 'magic wand tandem challenge' for pictures, insights, video clips etc.

We completed our non-stop ride on Monday afternoon at 4:41pm having left Cornwall at 5:45am on the Saturday. The sense of achievement is simply immense and this worthwhile cause is all part of this. Headwinds and a bout of illness put paid to a record breaking time although we were on track for many many hours.

The whole team has been humbled by the support we have received via twitter, facebook and text. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We may have finished our ride, but the work at the hospital continues, so if you admired our effort, it's not to late to demonstrate this through a donation. Thanks a million,

Dom & Ian



5:45am START on SATURDAY 30th JUNE!


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It’s a worn out, tired, inappropriate environment in which to provide care for children. And yet, day in, day out the staff in the Children’s Unit at Winchester's Royal Hampshire County Hospital.


That’s just crazy!

To cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats, the length of mainland Britain is for many the classic long distance cycle challenge. It normally takes between 10 to 12 days. Consultant Paediatrician Ian Rodd and myself (Dom Irvine) are aiming to ride it non-stop in a shade over two days! We've been training hard for ages.

That’s about 835 miles (1533km) without stopping (apart from the odd toilet stop and kit change). To add to the fun, we are going to do it on a tandem, which whilst normally a bit faster than a single rider is much much harder to ride over longer distances with both riders having to work in absolute coordination and harmony even when extremely tired!

How hard can it be?

The record was set in 1966 at 2 days, 2 hours and 14 minutes and a bunch of seconds. This record still stands despite attempts by many seasoned riders and elite.

This is a really serious and tough challenge. We have received fantastic support from family, friends and companies providing equipment and bikes (JDTandems) all of whom have bought into the idea of helping improve the care of children. They are not doing it for their health – they are doing it as a demonstration of the extraordinary things two ordinary people can achieve if you put your mind to it – like raising a lot of money!

And now it’s you!

We need you to join the team making all this happen. We need two things. First – your positive thoughts to help us succeed in their extraordinary ride and a donation to help raise the money needed to achieve an extraordinary result in improving how care is offered to the children served by the hospital.

So click on the link on the link – be part of the success and donate.

Our team:


Nigel Harrison, Ruth Hargreaves, John Hargreaves, Charlie Mitchell, Bob Campbell, Ali Campbell, Jim Rawling, Joolze Dymond, Ian Mayhew, Alex Fitzgerald-Baron, Helene Irvine, Vicky Rodd, Sarah Townsend (& team), Ian Rodd, Dom Irvine, Road Records Association.,, Torq, Maddison, Epiphanies LLP, Perception BI Ltd

For more info:


Raising money for

Winchester And Eastleigh Healthcare Charitable Fund

Winchester And Eastleigh Healthcare Charitable Fund

Charity Registration No. 1057714

Please note that as of January 2012 we are now part of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Our registered charity number is 1060133. If you would like to donate or raise funds for The Magic Wand Appeal please go to or create your own fundraising page.

Donations 155

Well done- mega respect from a fair weather cyclist

Donation by Nick Dennis on 12/10/12


+ £8.75 Gift Aid

Second donation from Penny, first amount was meant to be £40 but clicked on the wrong button.

Donation by Anonymous on 29/09/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

From Penny.

Donation by Penny on 28/09/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Amazing effort Ian. I think you're a total nut bar but amazing! :-)

Donation by Jim Hudson on 01/08/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donations from: Jane and Jeffrey and Wendy & John.

Donation by Anonymous on 13/07/12


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 11/07/12


All the best Ian and team, a wonderful effort.

Donation by Louise Halfpenny on 10/07/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Awe inspiring, incredible stuff!

Donation by Georgie, Grant and all little Armstrongs on 10/07/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Congratulations to you both and your team on a Fantastic acheivement for an amazing worthy cause, What next?

Donation by Julie Rushen on 09/07/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Helen Jesty on 07/07/12


+ £15.00 Gift Aid

Fantastic effort and great cause. Will sort out any urological complications ;-)

Donation by Rowland, Sara, Elin & Martha Rees on 07/07/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 07/07/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Brilliant ward and amazing staff, well done.

Donation by James/Julie/Sam Holland on 06/07/12


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

From Mary and Les in Addingham

Donation by Stephanie Mawdsley on 05/07/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

An amazing effort by both of you!! Ian treated our daughter Jess at Winchester a couple of years ago, so a fantastic cause to support! Well done!

Donation by Gillian Perry on 05/07/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

A fine effort boys, Pete Swinden sends his regards too.

Donation by Judith Hitchens on 04/07/12

Donation by Rhian Little on 04/07/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Jamie Anderson on 04/07/12


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Hey guys what a fantastic achievement - well done! We were most touched by the big bear hug you gave each other at the end! Congratulations!

Donation by Judi and Colin Butler on 04/07/12

Donation by tania emery on 04/07/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Dom, Ian - brilliant! Inspirational stuff. Congratulations! I'm really proud of you. Love the vid too.

Donation by Olivia Landsberg on 03/07/12

Yowzers Dom! humbling stuff.

Donation by Snakey on 03/07/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done to cyclists and support crew alike. Just a fantastic performance. Next time go the other way, its downhill !! Now go and drink some beer.

Donation by The Fowlers on 03/07/12


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Terrific effort, you should be very proud of yourselves.

Donation by Anonymous on 03/07/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Just wanted to get you up to the £5,000 mark. What an amazing achievement, I hope you raise all of your target amount and more.

Donation by Vanessa Waters on 03/07/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£5,713.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£5,713.00
  • Gift Aid£1,345.00

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