Guernsey men cycle 960 miles to raise funds for local cancer charity

September 26th, 2012 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

Cyclists are from left to right - John Clacy, Jos Ensink, Alex Partridge, Hugh Tabel, Guy Ellis, Richard Le Tocq, Dave Preston, Mike Culverwell (Adam Hart and Andreas Tautscher were not present) ( click image to expand - image courtesy of MUG)

Nine men from Guernsey participated in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain and raised about £10, 000.00 for the charity, Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG).

The team comprised of John Clacy, Jos Ensink, Hugh Tabel, Guy Ellis, Richard Le Tocq, Dave Preston, Mike Culverwell, Adam Hart and Andreas Tautscher.

The momentous journey took them from Land’s End to John O’Groats and covered 960 miles.

The team tackled daily elevations of up to 8,400 feet, suffered bike breakdowns, and pushed through pain to complete the journey.

The nine day journey saw them set-off at 7 am each morning, spending up to 12 hours cycling, and camping each night. It was a team effort as the cyclists were able to stay together most of the way.

The team’s efforts look set to raise £10, 000.00 for MUG.

“This sum is amazing and we are incredibly grateful for their support,” Trevor Kelham, founder of MUG, said.

“The charity seems to inspire men to put on lycra and do crazy things to raise money.”

“They are an inspiration to us all. We continually say, if they can go out and cycle 960 miles for charity, then the man on the street can go to a doctor and get any worries checked out. It’s potentially life-saving.”

John Clacy, a team member and spokesperson for the Deloitte Ride Across Britain said “it was a great experience. A personal highlight was the way the group helped each other and how we all rode together. On the route from Glasgow to Fort William we had to ride over 135 miles, up six thousand feet of hills and into a 40 miles an hour headwind. The fact that we could huddle together to draft through the wind and give each other encouragement was priceless.”

The Deloitte Ride Across Britain supports the British Paralympic Association and members of the Paralympic team, including Sarah Storey, joined the camp giving a much-needed pep talk one evening.

Guernsey rider, Adam Hart, said “riding for MUG was really motivating through the tough times and the support we got from people along the way helped to get us to the end.”

“We are very proud to have ridden for the charity as it’s doing great work on Guernsey. We hope our efforts have raised its profile and helped to drive the ‘get checked’ message home.”

If you want to make a donation to Male Uprising Guernsey please visit the team’s JustGiving page, which is still active.


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