John McQuillen

Buxted to Blackpool Bike Ride for Cyclists Fighting Cancer

Fundraising for Cyclists Fighting Cancer
raised of £3,200 target
320 mile Charity Ride in a day, 9 July 2024
Cyclists Fighting Cancer

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We give bikes and specially adapted trikes to help children with cancer across the UK


Please read our story that explains who we are and what we're going to do.

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Our Charity

Cyclists Fighting Cancer

Approximately 2,400 children and young people (up to, and including the age of 18) are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK. We are passionate about helping all of these families along this difficult journey.

We help children to regain their physical fitness and mental wellness by giving them new bikes, adapted trikes and specialist support during treatment and into recovery.

Since the charity began in 2005 we have awarded over 8,500 bikes and trikes and we can only continue to do this with the support of our amazing fundraisers!

The Ride Team

Teamwork matters - We are a very close-knit team who work hard and play even harder. We want to put something back into life and have chosen to do this with a ride that links the southern and northern most members of our team, and we’re going to have some fun doing it!

The ride will be undertaken in one go by John, who'll spend approx 22hrs in the saddle with 10 minute breaks every 2 hrs; he may even get half an hours shut eye somewhere.

Dean & Mollie will be crewing the support vehicle, carrying kit, providing food and drink on the move and offering support and encouragement in their own unique way !

Donna will be sorting out the finish line and activities in Blackpool, she's also going to ride with John for the final leg into Blackpool.

Romario's talents lie in supporting and motivating everyone and his attention to detail.

Handling social media and spreadsheets is the eminently capable and always cheerful Ailsa.

Together this is a winning team committed to raising as much as possible to make the Blackpool celebrations worthwhile.

Please support the team in their endeavours to support a lesser known charities to continue their important work.

The Ride

The current plan is for the ride to take place on or around the 9th July 2024, hopefully the British weather will be kind to us.

The 316 mile route starts in the rolling Sussex countryside and heads into the Surrey Hills, through Berkshire into Oxfordshire passing through the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills and on through the West Midlands. It continues north through Staffordshire, Cheshire and passes between Manchester and Liverpool before arriving in Lancashire and the final destination of Blackpool, the St Tropez of the North!

The above diagram shows the topography of the route with a total elevation gain in the region of 12,200 ft. This isn't a huge amount in proportion to the distance being covered, but to put it in perspective it's the equivalent of climbing 42% of the way up Everest or 3½ times up Snowden.

The finishing line will be the Comedy Carpet on the Blackpool seafront in the shadow of the world famous Blackpool Tower. However John has clearly stated that he has no intention of taking part in any dancing in the Tower Ballroom. Anyone who has witnessed John dancing before will see this as a wise decision!

Planning and Preparation

We're taking this seriously as we all want to be successful, so lots of planning and training is taking place.

Please re visit here as updates will be added as we go along - thanks for your support.

About the charity

Cyclists Fighting Cancer

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CYCLISTS FIGHTING CANCER enables children and young people living with cancer across the UK to regain their physical fitness and mental wellness by giving them new bikes, adapted trikes, tandems, other equipment and support. Physical activity is a key element in rehabilitation from treatments.

Donation summary

Total raised
+ £836.15 Gift Aid
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