Nathan Howard


Sue Ryder
Sue Ryder provides incredible care for people with life-changing illness. Whether it’s bringing comfort to someone’s final days or enabling them to make the most of their life, we are here for them and their loved ones. We do this in our hospices, in our neurological care centres, in the community and in people’s homes across the country. Our work also goes beyond the UK, Sue Ryder also supports the delivery of specialised health and social care in areas of Eastern Europe and Southern Africa. Our hospices include: Manorlands Hospice near Keighley, Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds, St Johns in Bedfordshire, Thorpe Hall in Peterborough, Nettlebed in Henley-on-Thames, Duchess of Kent House in Reading and Leckhamton Court Hospice in Cheltenham.

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100 Climbs for 2012

Nathan Howard

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The Challenge

Most of you will have ridden a bike before. Some of you will even have enjoyed it. An even smaller group of you may actively pursue cycling-related activities (spandex and all). One thing remains common between all of these groups – riding a bike uphill is hard work, and to be avoided by all but the most masochistic. 

Last Christmas I was given a book written by Simon Warren called “100 Greatest Cycling Climbs: A road cyclist’s guide to Britain’s hills”. Being of the lyrca-loving persuasion, I proceeded to study the book with interest, looking at the wide geographical spread (sorry Norfolk, you were pretty much the only place missed out) and taking particular note of the ratings (the scale of climbs going from 1/10 to a very Spinal Tap 11/10) and gradients (going north of 40% on some hills). As the New Year rolled around, I started to think about how I could challenge myself in 2012. After discarding the less practical ‘zorbing across Antarctica’ and ‘paddling a lilo up the Amazon’, I hit upon the idea of setting up a series of rides around the UK with the aim of riding up each and every one of the 100 climbs before 31 December 2012. Given that I was already out and about on my bike pretty much every weekend, this seemed an appropriate stretch as well as being a unique challenge (as far as I know the only other people to have ridden all 100 have driven to the bottom of each climb and cycled to the top – rather than linking climbs together in rides of up to 130 miles). And so the concept was set.

The scale of the challenge became obvious after a bit of admin work resulted in a WWII-style map of the UK with pins representing each climb: 100 is a bigger number than it sounds (especially to us finance workers, who are used to dealing in numbers ‘to the round million’…)!

With the support of my wonderful girlfriend Selene (to whom I am hugely indebted for the amount of time and holiday days that this challenge has taken up), as well as friends and family who have supported me with food, accommodation and even out on the bike, I have been out and about since January, clocking up over 1,200 miles and 100,000 feet of altitude gain. So far, I have bagged just over half of the climbs, and I have been keeping a blog of my exploits over at

 The Cause

During the period of the challenge and even beforehand, a close family friend has been receiving treatment for cancer and palliative care at the Manorlands Hospice in Bradford (run by the Sue Ryder charity). The level of care that she has received has been second-to-none, and a huge help in both her recovery and to her family. Sue Ryder and Manorlands are entirely funded by charitable donations and so it would be great if you could spare some change for this fantastic service. If it seems a little remote, then do take note that one in three of us will develop cancer during our lifetimes and all of the services provided by charities such as Sue Ryder help people that we all know day-in and day-out, all year round.

 Thank you for your support for this cause and in my challenge.


Recent donors

05.01.13 Absolutely amazing achievement Nathan - hope all is well with you!

02.01.13 Congratulations Nathan - fantastic effort

30.12.12 Well done Nate! Fantastic achievement! Enjoy a good rest in 2013.


19.12.12 Best of luck with those final few hills.

19.12.12 Awesome challenge, great job!

19.12.12 Great effort Nathan, and great cause.

19.12.12 Well done Nathan. Surely now can now afford some proper cycling gear. Brown corduroy trousers will not cut it up the Alpe in July. Mozza

18.12.12 Part of my contribution goes towards never seeing you in lycra again


18.12.12 Well done!

18.12.12 Good riding Nathan! Best of luck with the remaining 6.

18.12.12 Cracking effort mate, but what are you going to do with yourself next year?!?

26.11.12 One of my friends, who I had emailed about your 100 climbs, came up to me in a cafe and gave me ten pounds. so here it is! She is called Jennifer Perry!


09.11.12 Good effort, 1,200miles so far!!!! I thought 13 was a lot!!!! Best of luck with the rest of it!

06.11.12 From everyone at Stage 84. Good luck with your fundraising

06.11.12 Thank you for your concern Nathan.

02.11.12 Great idea, wonderful cause!

01.11.12 thank you for supporting Manorlands

01.11.12 Thanks Nathan for doing this for Manorlands. It issuch a worthy casue.Good Luck! Gill x

01.10.12 Keep up the cycling, your mum says only 30 more to go!!!

25.09.12 Proud to have accompanied you on some of the climbs and even prouder of your achievements overall. Allez! Allez!

23.09.12 Very impressive challenge Nathan. I bet Selene will be glad when it's completed! Good luck with the rest of it

17.08.12 A super idea and Manorlands is a wonderful place to support. Hope not too many punctures.


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