So what’s it all about?
Well if you’ve read the ‘About Mark’ page you’ll begin to get some idea
Why the Challenge?
As many of you will know our friend and colleague Mark Rylance sadly passed away in September 2010 after losing his battle with Cancer. During the last few weeks of his life he kept in close contact with friends from work and it was during this time that we discussed the idea of undertaking some sort of charity event in his name. Being a keen cyclist it is no wonder Mark had the idea of a bike ride, but not just any bike ride – a bike ride from John O’Groats to Lands End by relay! We are sure he is still laughing at his idea!
The ride will cover 976 miles in 14 stages and be completed over 14 days. The journey aims to take the most scenic route via quieter roads through many of the UK’s most picturesque areas such as the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales., Wye Valley and SW Coastal areas.
The event is totally inclusive and will be a team challenge in every sense of the word – the importance of a team was something very close to Mark’s heart. Anybody can join the team and take part either completing a number of stages, a few miles of a particular stage or assist as a support driver. Most importantly everybody can play their part and raise money for the Charity:
The Story So Far?
The route is planned, J O G to Lands End over 976 miles. So far we have more than 50 cyclists and support drivers signed up for the event which just demonstrates how popular Mark was with his friends and colleagues. Logistics planning is now well underway with assistance from many people taking place behind the scenes.
As well as his friends Mark’s family will also be involved in the event and the fund raising target we have set is £25,000 although we hope to even exceed this figure.