Sadly I’m not sure there’s many who’d sponsor me for a distance of 100 miles these days. But when my wife completed her Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge she did so under the guidance of another group who had arranged their charity walk for the same day. This group was the Joining Jack Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (registered charity number 1148156) and their website can be found here.
They are very ambitiously planning to recruit 500 riders to complete the Manchester 100 (a ride organised to raise funds for Christies) and are asking riders to attempt to raise £100 each to bring in a massive £50,000 for the Joining Jacks charity. So my wife turned to me and asked if it was possible to go from very occasional rider to 100 miler before the 1st September. There’s also a 100km ride to fall back on so my answer was yes. Forgetting that we don’t get much time together between both working shifts and even less when the kids aren’t about. Usual parents stuff. So a challenge it’ll be then.
If you are interested this is a very good way to achieve your first cycling century. I never intended to go on about charity when I created the group as each have their own cause but this is the route I’ve gone down as it’s a charity event and I think that being part of a massive group would be fun. It’s a Relatively flat ride and very well supported. Lots of other riders to help keep the pace up. The amount they are asking you to raise is also just a little pestering of family and not going all out on the sponsor hunt. (I got a little disheartened by this when I cycled the Camino de Santiago, fundraising is haaaaard! Also took up so much time away from organising the ride!)
The event for joining jack is being organised via facebook and can be found here.
There’s a cycle shirt also for £33.50 (inc postage)
the description provided on Facebook for the event is here:
Thanks for your interest in the 100 mile bike ride for Joining Jack. We will be completing the Manchester 100 bike ride on 1st September 2013. This is a very well organised event which is marshalled from start to finish and has designated stop points for toilet breaks and food. There were 12 of us last year and was a very enjoyable day.
A few people have enquired about the nature of the route and I can assure you that the course is very flat. It is a cracking route which begins and ends at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester and does a loop around some of the quieter roads around Cheshire. Each turning point has a marshall to point you the right way and there were more than 8000 riders last year. Although the route is flat, a reasonable level of fitness will be required to complete the 100 mile course so get training!
To register for the ride please visit http://www.bike-events.com and find the Manchester 100 (link below) and go through the registration process. The cost is £19.50 plus any extras you may wish to add such as parking, tee shirts etc. It is worth checking the rules of the ride also there are a few worth noting (No under 16’s etc).
To register, follow this link http://www.bike-events.com/Ride.aspx?id=374
You should be aware that this event is largely associated with Christies Hospital and the registration process will ask how much you intend raise for that charity. That is a decision for you to make but you can tick a box entitled ‘other’ and state any amount you feel appropriate or do as I did, enter amount unknown as free text (I want my funds to go to Joining Jack).
Once you have registered you will be sent a race pack. This will include a race number etc which you will need to produce on the day of the ride.
You will need to start a fundraising page on http://www.justgiving.com and then join the justgiving team. Follow this link http://www.justgiving.com/teams/JJ100
Joining Jack are looking to add a cycling jersey to their clothing range. How good would it look to have100+ cyclists all wearing the logo on the day? That will be a matter for yourself but if they do add the jersey to their range, I will certainly get one for this ride.
I will keep updating Twitter @JJack100 with the numbers of riders committed etc. I have already registered with bike-events.com and the fundraising page is ready for you all to join me.
Lets make this something really special for Joining Jack.
Thanks again for your interest, it’s now time to step up to the plate.
Regards – Paul firstname.lastname@example.org
How about some YouTube of the route (Thanks Andy!)