Helping Rob cope with Tetraplegia

CYCLE4ROB – 5 MAY 2014

Ready, Steady, Go!

Ready, Steady, Go!

The Cycle4Rob event was an overwhelming success with 96 cyclists setting out from Dursley RFC with more joining at Thornbury, Chipping Sodbury and Wotton. The sunny weather coupled with the wonderful turnout made for a brilliant atmosphere all around the route with the fastest to complete the full 50 miles doing so in less than 3 hours. Particular praise must go to David Hall who not only completed the full route but did so on a vintage bicycle which was severely lacking in the gear and brake departments. He was spotted at least once having to utilise an up sloping drive to slow down!

David Hall Completes the Full 50 Miles

David Hall Completes the Full 50 Miles

The cyclists themselves were only part of what made this event such a success. A massive thank you and well done to the organiser Debbie Hill, who also did a fantastic job designing the route, which took in some of the lovely scenery we are lucky enough to have access to in Gloucestershire. Debbie was brilliantly supported by husband Mike, who amongst other things got up at 4.30am to check all the route signs were still in place before sending the riders off on their way very well briefed, Clare Nichols who coordinated and organised all the marshals and signing in teams and Jenny Grey who organised the catering as well as ensuring the marshals were fed and watered. We are also grateful to Andy Shapland, Chairman at Dursley Road Cycling, whose advice was very much appreciated by Debbie in helping her plan such a great event.

Debbie in charge!

Debbie in charge!

Supporting Debbie were many other volunteers whose involvement was also crucial to the day’s success. Our thanks to the 40 ‘Gamesmakers’ who made the event possible by acting as marshals along the route, manning the pit stops to check all cyclists in and out at each location and generally offering motivating comments to the ever-tiring participants. Also to the First Aiders who gave their time to make sure everyone stayed fit and healthy on the route and to the companies and individuals who sponsored aspects of the event or offered donations. Brian Hamley of BAPS and Simon Bingham of Sema 4 Graphics sponsored the hi-viz vests that the cyclists and marshals wore on the day and the event insurance was sponsored by Tony Cullimore Services Ltd and Teresa Pritchard McTimoney Human and Equine Therapist.

Drinks, home-made cakes and snacks were available along the route provided by many of the helpers and others. Back at Dursley RFC cyclists and spectators were treated to a BBQ, with meat provided by Cam Family Butchers and rolls by Draycott Bakery. Toll House Clinic was on hand to offer recovery massages for the cyclists and Debbie’s son Edd provided some wonderful musical entertainment, all of which made for a great ‘after party’. We also appreciated the support of Dursley, Thornbury, Chipping Sodbury and Wotton Under Edge Rugby Clubs for their assistance, use of their facilities and most importantly opening the bar!

Dursley RFC After Party

Dursley RFC After Party

The current total for Cycle4Rob stands at a fantastic £8,988 with individual sponsorships still coming in.

So thank you Debbie for the idea and brilliant organisation, well done to everyone involved and thank you so much for supporting Cammpaign4Rob, your efforts are very much appreciated by Rob and his whole family.

Some lovely photos of the event were taken by our roving reporters, please have a look: Cycle4Rob Photos.

The Cycle4Rob donation page remains open if you would like to support this event or equally if  you want to gather your personal sponsorship via this site.

 

 

 

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Cycle4Rob has 78 confirmed entries for Monday which is brilliant. Could all cyclists please check their email as you should all receive a message from Debbie Hill via British Cycling to confirm your individual start time and your briefing notes. These notes contain important information for Monday’s event so please take the time to read them carefully.

If you have not received an email please contact Debbie on 07976825099 or email her - debbie.hill.flowerdale@gmail.com

If you haven’t registered to take part you will be made very welcome on the day and can enter for £25.

Good luck to everyone!

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Event Organiser Debbie and her training crew

Event Organiser Debbie and her training crew

Friday 2nd May will be the last day that you can advance register for Cycle4Rob for £15.

You can still turn up on the day and enter before you start, the on the day entry fee is £25.

Hope everyone is getting on well with their training!

 

 

 

 

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Cycle4Rob Hi-Vis Vest

Cycle4Rob Hi-Vis Vest

Hi-Vis vests are now available for participants to collect. The vests can be collected from Sema4Graphics in Berkeley

(opposite the Co-op and Florist in the town centre), all you need is your name to confirm your entry. The idea is that they can be worn while training for the event,  not only to help keep cyclists safe on the road but to advertise the event as well.

As soon as you have entered you will be able to collect yours. Good luck with your training everyone!

 

 

 

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If anyone is interested in being a Marshall for the Cycle4Rob please get in touch with Clare Nichols on 07801891722.

If your talents lie in the kitchen and you would like to donate a cake or help with the catering for this event please contact Jenny Grey on 07779 735222.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Debbie Hill – debbie.hill.flowerdale@gmail.com - for any other enquiries about Cycle4Rob.

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Full details for all the routes are now available! You can either click on the links lower in the article or click through to British Cycling listing for Cycle4Rob using the big red ‘Enter’ button below. The British Cycling site has all the up to date information on the event including route maps and you can enter to take part via their site too:

Cycle4Rob enter button

 

 

 

The routes take in some of the fantastic scenery we are lucky to have in Gloucestershire, what better way to spend the Bank Holiday Monday than out enjoying the countryside, hopefully in the sunshine!

Cycle4Rob Scenery

Cycle4Rob Scenery

Cycle4Rob Scenery

Cycle4Rob Scenery

Cycle4Rob Scenery

Cycle4Rob Scenery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is the link to the full route around all four rugby clubs: Cycle4Rob Full Route

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All that planning has been successful! Not only have the routes been agreed but in addition to Dursley, Thornbury and Chipping Sodbury, Wotton-Under-Edge RFC (based at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School) has joined in the event.There are 5 routes for you to choose from:

Dursley RFC – Thornbury RFC – 16.5 miles

Thornbury RFC – Chipping Sodbury RFC – 12.5 miles

Chipping Sodbury RFC – Wotton-Under Edge RFC (KLB) – 9.5 miles

Wotton-Under-Edge RFC (KLB) – Dursley RFC – 10 miles

For the really determined there is the route that takes in all 4 rugby clubs which is is 48 miles.

 

Here is all the information you need to sign up to the event:

Cycle4Rob Sponsorship Form   Cycle4Rob Information Sheet   Cycle4Rob Registration Form

You can also contact Debbie directly - debbie.hill.flowerdale@gmail.com

Debbie has also set up a YouCaring site where anyone can donate to support this event or equally if having registered you want to gather your personal sponsorship via this site.

We will be posting maps of each of the routes shortly.

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Working hard.....

Working hard…..

....plotting the route!

….plotting the route!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plans are coming along for the Cycle4Rob on Monday 5th May. If you’d like to take part or would just like more information please contact Debbie – debbie.hill.flowerdale@gmail.com

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On Monday 5th May Debbie Hill is organising Cycle4Rob.

When Debbie’s bicycle ran into a technical problem on an afternoon cycle she found herself stuck on the side of the road with no way to get home. Luckily for her Rob happened to be cycling on the same road and stopped to help. He fixed her bike’s saddle and Debbie was able to continue her ride. After hearing about Rob’s accident, only 4 days later, Debbie knew exactly what type of fundraising event she wanted to organise – a bike ride.

At Rob’s suggestion this will be a circuit around three local rugby clubs who have offered their support to Debbie. Participants will have the choice of doing the whole circuit taking in Dursley, Chipping Sodbury and Thornbury Rugby Clubs or joining for one or two legs.

We will be posting more details in the coming weeks but in the meantime please contact Debbie (debbie.hill.flowerdale@gmail.com) for further information or to sign up for Cycle4Rob.