JOHN O’GROATS TO LAND’S END 2014/16/18 CHARITY RIDE
IN SUPPORT OF PROSTATE CANCER UK
The first ride in 2014 was in the memory of my friends Harry, Jim, Darren, Alex, Chester, John, Rolf, Andy (R.I.P) and the many who are currently battling with this illness. Also for Charlie, our dog, who died of cancer in 2013.
I wasn't racing against the clock and this was not for my own personal gratification. Yes, the journey was eventful and interesting, but the principal motive and objective behind this endeavour was to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer and to highlight the importance of early detection of this condition and encourage men to be more proactive in their urological health care.
I've watched Henry Cole "World's Greatest Motorcycle Rides" and I decided that his own chosen route from John o'Groats to Land's End was as good as any to emulate.
An anecdotal account of my 2014 journey can be found at my website www.pccharityride2014.co.uk and on my BLOG page "Back in The Saddle" It took me South from Normanton to Land's End first and then North to John O'Groats and back to Normanton, Yorkshire.
2015 This ride never took place due to a lack of sponsorship.
Instead, a 12 HOUR CYCLE MARATHON CHARITY EVENT was held at SQUIRES CAFÉ, SHERBURN-IN-ELMET.
Sunday 19 JULY 2015 <> Started: 09.00 HRS <> Finished: 21.00 HRS
I'd like to thank all those who turned up to make this event a success. Official Sponsors: SQUIRES Café, Sherburn-in-Elmet & Mr LOCK AND KEYS, NORMANTON .
2016 I Completed the journey in 10 days.
Departed from Normanton 13th August > Returned Normanton 22nd August
FRIENDS OF THE CHARITY :- Allums - The Butchers of Altofts and Wakefield, Mr Lock & Keys, Normanton, Normanton Tyres, Castle Motorcycles, Castleford, BSB Motors, Normanton and finally my sister Edwidge from Bristol.
Prostate Cancer is still with us. It will not go away unless more work is done and funds are generated, either from the government and individuals to find the cure.
THE FIGHT GOES ON. JOIN THE FIGHT. GET INVOLVED.
Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
It wasn’t my intention to repeat this event this year, but the sad and disturbing statistics showing that more men are now dying of Prostate Cancer than women of Breast Cancer has spurred me on to embark on another ride this July.
Many will have done this journey over a shorter period, but this is not a race and I’m not in search of the best hardened rider! It’s about the enjoyment of the journey too.
My previous rides were mildly successful, but overall, I was disappointed that my set targets were not reached. I am absolutely convinced that this was due a lack of credible publicity and sponsorship and trying to do it solo, with limited resources.
This time around, CASTLE MOTORCYCLES of Castleford, offered to help me in my efforts and I am grateful for their sponsorship and invaluable assistance. That’s why I’m really going for it this year. Thank you to Mark, Bob, Jonathan and Carl.
BSB MOTORS of Normanton, also agreed to underwrite the fuel costs of my journey. They are an accredited MOT testing station, sales, service & repair of vehicles. My thanks to Dave Bennett, the Proprietor, for his additional support and belief in my efforts.
Other friends and supporters from Normanton & Altofts:-NORMANTON TYRES, LOGAN GARAGE, THE BIKE MAN & ALLUMS THE BUTCHERS.
I’ve also widened the geographical net to incorporate bikers from other counties and hope that some might join me as I ride through their territory. It’s a big ask to anticipate anyone to accompany me on the whole trip, some have offered, but it would be more realistic to expect that a few might wish to join me on a leg or two. It would nicely break up the solitary and monotonous aspects of this journey and we’ll be able to make the loudest roar to attract the most attention along the way. Many have already expressed interest and I look forward to meeting them.
I’ve allowed 10 days to complete the trip, which gives me time to also meet up with other cancer charity groups and bikers en route. My full itinerary and individual legs are available on my website.
THE ROUND TRIP
10 days 1847 > 2000 miles
For more information, please contact me at my email address email@example.com
As often the case, other charity fund raisers, ask for a monetary commitment. Given the nature of my event, I’m not setting anyone with a specific target, but only to encourage you to maybe sign up your biker friends, family and friendly neighbours! I know that there are hundreds of good and valid causes out there competing for funding. I’m not asking for much, but if everyone donated just a minimum of [£1] it would greatly advance the research in finding an eventual cure for this illness
As it happens you are on the right page, but if not, I would ask anyone wishing to make a contribution to the cause, to please do so via my website www.pccharityride2014.co.uk using the JustGiving link, which has been set up specifically to receive donations.
My bike’s tracker (number tba) will be activated on my departure to enable all to follow my progress live.
DEPARTURE > SUNDAY 01 JULY 2018
This is mainly for those bikers from the Leeds/Wakefield/ Pontefract & Castleford districts.
Meet at Castle Motorcycles, Castleford at 09.00 hrs for Coffee and Photo-Shoot or Squires Cafe, Sherburn-in-Elmet at 10.00 hrs for an energy packed breakfast before leaving for Dunfermline.
My sincere thanks to everyone for their support and hope to meet with a few of you on the way.
13 JUNE 2018
RAFFLE of LIBERTY BIKER EYEWEAR.
KINDLY DONATED BY SPECTACULAR EYEWEAR, LEEDS.
Once more we have managed to secure a quality product to offer in a raffle in support of PROSTATE CANCER UK AND THE JOHN O'GROATS - LAND'S END CHARITY RIDE 2018.
This particular Raffle was to run until after the termination of the charity ride, ending 31st July 2018, but due to lack of sales, I've extended it till 31st August.
The winner can choose a single vision prescription lenses fitted
to their own frame (Valued £149.95) or Varifocal prescription lenses
fitted (Valued £199.95) or just have the standard eyewear.
The frame is biker specific.
Close Fit, wrap around design.
Slides easily under your helmet.
Removable magnetic eye cups, block wind, dust & glare.
TICKETS available on line only at
(Minimum donation to the value of £5 gets you 3 tickets).You will be advised of your allocated numbers and the winner will be notified directly.
Prize to be collected from Spectacular Eyewear, Crossgates, Leeds, LS15 7PS. (Rachel - The Owner)
If the winner is from outside the postal district and chooses to select the standard eyewear, we will post your item to you, free of charge. All we require is the size of your head or helmet. Good Luck.
ACCOUNT OF MY 2018 RIDE CAN BE FOUND ON MY WEBSITE BLOGS AND SPREAD OVER 14 DAYS.