Bike the UK for MS set off this weekend
Posted 12 June 2014 4:17 PM by Healthspan Heroes
This weekend sees a group of 13 riders take part in the maiden 'Bike the UK for MS' trip, an expansion of the successful ‘Bike the US for MS’ organisation. Whilst the US side have been running cross country bike trips in America for the last 6 years, Bike the UK for MS sees the team cycle the famous John O’Groats to Land’s End (‘JOGLE’) route.
The team is made up of five University of Bath students and eight alumni from Bike the US for MS, and it was team leader James that contacted Healthspan through our Customer Heroes scheme to help with funding for the challenge.
“Enduring both the tough terrain of the British Isles and the unpredictable weather, the ride will be a serious challenge, but the results will be far greater,” James told us. “The mission of making a positive impact on the lives of those with Multiple Sclerosis, who face much greater challenges every day, will be all the motivation needed to push the team through those tough days.”
Setting off from John O’Groats on the 14th June (this Saturday) the team have 14 days to cover the 1034 miles to Land’s End; an average of 70 miles a day with no rest days... Ouch!
Whilst cycling the length of the UK, the group will also be raising funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis research and patients. The team are aiming to raise over £10,000 this year and funds will be used to aid the Bath and Bristol MS Branches, supporting members’ events and home modification projects.
If you are interested in following the journey or making a donation to the cause, you can do so at www.biketheukforms.org, or follow on twitter and facebook, @BiketheUKforMS. If you happen to live near the route, do get in touch as the team would love to meet people along the way.
From Healthspan we’d like to wish James, Alberto, Cindy, Emily, Emily, Fleix, Hannah, James, Julie, Patrick, Renee, Robert and Zac all the best on their ride! You can follow them on the below widget once they get going so if you are out and about this weekend and happen to see them passing by, give them a wave!