Meet the Lands End to John O'Groats Cycle Team

17 April 2019
  • Challenges

Meet the Lands End to John O'Groats Cycle Team

This September, a team of cyclists will be cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats in memory of Matt, a young person who was supported by Teens Unite.

The team of ten, including Matt's father Ian, are aiming to raise £100,000 to fund a room in the House of Teens Unite in Matt's name.

It is our pleasure to introduce you to the incredible team taking on the Lands End to John O'Groats challenge:

Ian Sharp

Describe your cycling ability/experience: Very Limited experience and very much an amateur but I did complete the prudential 100 for charity in 2018.

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? Teens Unite have been very supportive to myself and my late son Matthew. He went on a very special trip to Chelsea Football Club who were his favourite team. He was absolutely blown away and it helped him forget for two special moments how poorly he actually was. 

What are you most looking forward to (and not looking forward to!) about the challenge? I am not a natural cyclist and my dedication to training is failing. On much more positive note I will be attempting this challenge on a bike purchased by Matty which means he will be with me all the way.

Why should people donate? This is such an important charity that picks up the pieces where the big charities fall short. The house that we are hoping to fund a room for will be Matty's legacy and will help the family feel his short but precious life was not in vain. He was a very special boy who always wanted to help others and put them first. I believe he will be looking down with a smile on his face.

Lee Venables

Describe your cycling ability/experience: I have not ridden a bike since I retired my 3 gear Grifter when I was sixteen years old!

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? They give so much back to families and individuals going through so much. The House of Teens Unite would contribute so much more and I think it is a fantastic project to be involved in.

What are you most looking forward to (and not looking forward to!) about the challenge? I am looking forward to being part of a fantastic group of people embarking on an extremely tough challenge but with the goal of making a small contribution to the fantastic charity that is Teens Unite. I am not looking forward to the uphill rides and the saddle sore!

Why should people donate? It is a fantastic local charity with a dream of building a well-needed retreat, which is the icing on the cake for all the other meaningful things they do for so many people.

Graham Funnell

Describe your cycling ability/experience: I am a complete beginner

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? It's a great challenge supporting a great charity.

What are you most looking forward to (and not looking forward to!) about the challenge? I'm looking forward to seeing the length and breadth of a country I love and have the pleasure to call home. I am not looking forward to the chafing and muscle aches. Every aspect will be both enjoyable and challenging but it will be worth doing.  

Why should people donate? Teens Unite is a fantastic charity giving support for young people going through some tough times

 

Tim Venables

Describe your cycling ability/experience: Novice

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? Because I can never say no to my brother Lee! Seriously why wouldn’t I, this is such a great challenge for us all and one I could not miss.

What are you most looking forward to (and not looking forward to!) about the challenge? Achieving our goal and helping raise funds to benefit those that most need it.

Why should people donate? Every penny will make a difference to the young people and their families that are suffering with the effects of such a horrible illness.

 

Steve King

Describe your cycling ability/experience: My cycling ability is very limited as I have been unable to ride my bicycle due to recovering from Leukaemia.

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? I was recently asked by a friend if I would be interested in taking part in this challenge for Teens Unite; it was an easy decision to accept as Teens Unite is a fantastic charity that helps young adults/ teenagers that are suffering from Cancer.

What are you most looking forward to (and not looking forward to!) about the challenge?  I’m not looking forward to the pain I know will come from cycling an average 108 miles a day for nine days.

Why should people donate? Please help me in this challenge by donating as much as you possibly can, as the more money I can raise for this amazing charity the more it will benefit those that are going through this horrible and life changing ordeal that is cancer!

Sean McKiernan

Describe your cycling ability/experience: About 10 years ago I rode a bike from London to Amsterdam but I haven’t ridden one since.

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? About 8 years ago a friend of mine’s daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia and I saw the effects this terrible illness causes. 

Why should people donate? It's a great opportunity to give something back and support a great cause.

 

 

Tom Wakefield

Describe your cycling ability/experience: Previously have just cycled on trips out with the kids. This will be my first cycling challenge.

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? This will be a real challenge for me and the fact that I can raise money for teenagers fighting an awful disease will spur me on to complete this.

What are you most looking forward to (and not looking forward to!) about the challenge? I am looking forward to the scenery and waking up each day being able to see a different part of the country. I am least looking forward to being away from my family for nearly 2 weeks, a sore bum and having to listen to Graham waffle on for 2 weeks!

Why should people donate? We are all investing our time to raise as much money for Teens Unite. We will be pushing ourselves to the max to show that we are all united against this awful disease.

 

Kevin Claxton

Describe your cycling ability/experience: My cycling ability is very limited.

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? Teens Unite is a great charity helping young people through their hardest times.

What are you most looking forward to (and not looking forward to!) about the challenge? I am looking forward to the experience and pushing myself to complete this very long bike ride.

Why should people donate? People should donate to Teens Unite, as they do excellent work helping these young people through difficult times. 

 

Phil Walker

Describe your cycling ability/experience: I cycled the Prudential 100 last year but had not really cycled for years until March last year.

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? Matt lost his battle with Leukaemia and we have been raising money for a variety of cancer charities ever since he was diagnosed. The House of Teens Unite is such a monumental project we want to help as much as we can as we know the benefit it will bring young people and their families. I want Matt's memory to live on with the challenges we set ourselves and leaving a legacy in his name.

What are you most looking forward to (and not looking forward to!) about the challenge? Every pedal when it is hurting will never match the pain that Matty suffered – he is my inspiration.

Why should people donate? It's a fantastic opportunity to give back and support a great appeal.

 

To support the Lands End to John O'Groats Cycle team in their challenge and help them to raise £100,000 to fund a room in The House of Teens Unite, please click here.

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