Charities Blog

Ironman 70.3 Greece April 2019

Huge waves and long climbs then a 21km shuffle! That is the best way to describe my Ironman 70.3 in Greece earlier this month. Having recently had knee surgery, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to take part, but I’m glad I did. I made the trip with my wife Lynn and son Jack. We […]

Spring Ball 2019

On 22nd March, we held our 3rd annual Spring Ball. We had an amazing turnout and some fantastic auction and raffle items donated. We also received sponsorship from 20 amazing local businesses and without their support, we would not have raised an astounding £8,000 from this event alone! This is just amazing! Whether you were […]

Ironman Austria

I competed in Ironman Austria on 1st July 2018 and finished in good time. It was without doubt, one of my greatest achievements. The Ironman Triathlon was a gruelling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle ride and a full 26.2 mile marathon and I was extremely proud to take part, complete it and raise money for my […]

Charity News June 2018

I can’t believe where the time has gone and it’s June already! It’s been an eventful year so far, so I thought I’d update you on what’s been happening. One of our main fundraising events is our annual Spring Ball which took place this year on 23rd March 2018. We had live music courtesy of […]

Charity News November 2017

  Wow it’s been an eventful month on my fundraising activities! I’ve completed two major challenges: First off was the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 8th October, which I completed in 2 Hours 12 Minutes 56 seconds!   My biggest challenge in November was cycling for 5 days in Kerala. There were some very hard […]

Day 5 – India Cycle Challenge

Today was the last day but no let up with the early mornings. We were up again at 6am for breakfast and the morning warm up was delivered by our two resident Geordies, David and Davie, where we learned the Geordie butcher’s song (you have to see the video). 55Km today from Periyar to Vagamon […]

Day 4 – India Cycle Challenge

Day 4 and yet another 6am breakfast call. Our warm up this morning was from Bill and some early morning yoga Then it was straight out on to the bikes for the shortest day of the week, but still 40 hard kilometres and of course straight into the hills travelling from Vandanmedu to Periyar. Today […]

Day 3 – India Cycle Challenge

Another early morning start today, with breakfast at 6am followed by transfer to our bikes. The view from the hotel was simply breathtaking!   The warm up this morning was led by by Beverley and Louise with a bit of Zumba! Once on the bikes we were met with a long climb that proved to […]

Day 2 – India Cycle Challenge

We started off early this morning, as this would be our toughest day with lots of climbing involved. Before the off, the warm up was done by Ash and Mitch with a theme of religions of the world, with the last one being Jedi ism – that created some fun! So, we set off at […]

Day 1 – India Cycle Challenge

On Friday 27th October 2017 at 6pm, we all arrived at Heathrow Airport for the journey to Kerala in India, for this year’s Openwork cycle challenge. We flew to Mumbai and then had a domestic flight to Cochin, where we arrived at about 3pm. Once we arrived at the hotel, the first job was to […]

Charity News October 2017

Welcome to my latest Charity blog post. September was a fantastic month for me filled with some challenging events towards my fundraising and a bit of exciting news, coming up shortly! On 10th September I took part in the Demelza 10K run. On 17th September I took part in the Weymouth 70.3 Ironman event. This consisted of […]

Charity News September 2017

Welcome to my latest Charity blog post. I spent most of August on holiday with my wife Lynn and son, Jack. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary by renewing our vows. It was a wonderful occasion in Corfu, where we have enjoyed many holidays over the years. I am fundraising for 3 charities this year […]

Day 6 of the Nepal Cycle Challenge

After our efforts yesterday, we still had to be up early today for the final day on the bike and 52 kilometres to the finish line! After our warm up, we set off on the opposite route from yesterday back down the mountain from Daman. It was a fast pace but still mentally demanding because […]

Day 5 of the Cycle Challenge in Nepal – The Hardest Day!

We awoke early. We had the hardest day of the trip ahead of us. We left on the bikes at 7am for 65 kilometres which were to be mostly uphill! Today was going to be a true test of the team, and we had to dig deep and help each other, so that we could all […]

Day 4 of the Kathmandu Valley Cycle Challenge

Today started at 7am for breakfast and then a warm up by our yoga expert Sanjay, who took us through some moves. On the bikes and the first 4km was tarmac and downhill, but the hills soon rose in front of us. A very quiet day for falls today, with Guy taking out Stuart and taking […]

Day 3 – Namo Buddha to Godavari, Nepal

The toughest day so far. We woke up to a brilliant view and breakfast at our wonderful hotel, which was a Namo Buddha resort – all vegetarian and the best breakfast so far! We started with a quick ride to the monastery near the hotel and then had a big climb up to the top, […]

Day 2 – Nagarkot to Namo Buddha, Nepal

The day started with a spectacular view of the sunrise from our rooms, but unfortunately, we could not see Everest today. Breakfast first and then the warm up, provided by Cat, who had us all stretching. Guy seemed to think he was at a Disco – more on Guy later. Before we left, it was […]

Day 1 – Kathmandu to Nagarkot

After a full day travelling we arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal and checked into our hotel for the first night. We were too late to set up our bikes on Saturday, so this was left until Sunday morning until just before the first days ride. Saturday evening’s meal was at a local Nepalese Restaurant in Kathmandu and […]

Day 1 in the Saddle – 108km: Changping to Beyond Yangquing

What a day that was! We were supposed to cycle 83km today but this year’s Cycle Challenge happens to be taking place one week after the county lodges close for the season and this means we need to cycle another 25km to reach a lodge that will be open. We ended up climbing a total […]