Neil Thorneycroft


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 23 people a day around the coasts and waterways of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. From 235 lifeboat stations, they are well trained and equipped to put to sea in the most fearsome conditions when the call comes. RNLI lifeguards patrol more than 200 beaches in the UK. As well as rescuing people from the water, they are also on hand for first aid and safety advice, making sure everyone can make the most of their day at the beach. Are you passionate about the water? Do you want to be part of a lifesaving team? Whatever the reason for your interest in our work, we’d love to have you onboard. The RNLI is an independent charity and receives no government funding. We rely on public support.
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Hi folks and thanks for looking at another of my mad cap plans - only this time I decided that it should benefit a worthy cause. The RNLI has featured quite a lot in my recent past (though thankfully not needing their excellent services) in one way or another. That is when I chose to do a sponsored cycle ride from Barmouth Lifeboat staion to Cromer Lifeboat staion, yes, you read that correctly a coast to coast ride from Wales to Norfolk on a bicycle!

I have some serious training to do to get into shape and lots of organising too, which is why the event will take place on 19th June 2011. I have even booked the time off work already!

So put your hand in your pocket and donate to the RNLI - these folks put there lives on the line to save everyday folk like me and you on a completely voluntary basis and do so in some of the most appalling weather conditions and storms. So me merely cycling a bit is nothing compared to what they do regularly!

The bit below is an explanation of how this page works and the gift aid bit too.

Many thanks for reading and most importantly donating.

UPDATED, 14th April 2011

Right folks first and foremost thanks very much for all your kind donations we are heading in the right direction!!!!

Just to let you know how things are going from this end.

I've been doing a few miles most nights after work and more on days off so I'm getting fitter and thinner!

I have recce'd the route from Barmouth to Welshpool, er, lots of hills is possibly the greatest understatement of my life. Straight through the bottom edge of Snowdownia National Park it is quite possibly one of the prettiest roads I have ever been on. It will be a challenge physically and mentally but worth every pedal turn for this great cause.

I have spoken to Rachel (my event organiser) at the RNLI who has arranged a couple of the crew to 'see me off' from Barmouth and I've also spoken to Richard Leeds from the Cromer Lifeboat to see me home. I'm getting quite excited now even though I know it's going to be the toughest thing I have ever undertaken.

So keep digging deep folks and pop in to see how I'm doing on the running total.


UPDATED 8/6/11


Right then, update again. All systems go for the start at 9am at Barmouth on 19th June.

I have some company for the 1st 3 days in the shape of another mad mate - Paul.

The training has been building on my days off and tinkering after work doing some hill work etc - boy am I going to need it!!!!!


The main thing to say to you all so far is a huge THANKS for all the fabulous donations so far.


UPDATE 20th June 2011


Sorry for the delay in updating you guys its been an eventful start to the trip!

We left Barmouth about 9.30 on Sunday morning. It should have been 9 oclock but I misjudged the bridge crossing point from the hotel to Barmouth, doh!

After a little send off from some of the crew at Barmouth the first few miles went no trouble at all, albeit quite hilly. About an hour in and 9 ish miles we started climbing - and climbing - and climbing. I think we climbed for around 6 miles with no let up. Paul managed very well but I will admit I had to push my bike on a couple of occasions. By lunchtime and 2 mountains climbed we were making good progress and looking forward to lunch (late) in Welshpool before finishing the last leg to Oswestry for the hotel.

About 5 miles outside Welshpool Paul slid on some gravel and launched himself quite spectacularly at the road.

So the ambulance was called and off to Shrewsbury hospital for a check up. I am happy to report that nothing was broken but he has some severe bruising and cuts so is struggling to walk let alone cycle. He was very fortunate in the great scheme of things and his cycle helmet saved him some nasty injuries, even though he still got knock out!

Day 2,

After some birthday celebrations with Jean I set off for Newport, Shropshire about 11am. No drama today thankfully, just a pleasant ride if a little lonely without Paul. He got to stay in the van. Arrived in Newport about 3.30pm.


UPDATE 25th June

Sorry for the lack of updates folks, it takes ages logging in here from my phone so I kind of gave up with.

However, at about 13.40 hrs yesterday I was greeted by Richard and Paul from Cromer Lifeboat station!

I cant believe I've actually just cycled across the UK!


The biggest thanks should obviously go to all the sponsors who have donated generously to achieve such a great amount.

So thank you all.

Now what shall I do next year.............


Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Recent donors

08.07.11 Well done Neil x

20.06.11 Keep pumpig those pedals dude! best of luck! Rich.

14.06.11 Paying for the pain

13.06.11 Best of luck Neil - we'll meet you at the finishing line on Friday 24th x

07.06.11 good luck on the ride, and no sickies after Cromer, payroll will be checking!

04.06.11 Best of luck Neil. Nice bloke and a great cause.

31.05.11 You'll find one of my ancestors is the most decorated life boatman at Cromer! Excellent cause. Take plenty of vaseline.........

27.04.11 Good luck mate

21.04.11 Good Luck Neil, i'm not sure i'd like to do it, at least if i get sore feet from walking i can sit down, what do you do?! ;-)

19.04.11 Good luck fella, will be with you for the last few days. :-)

15.04.11 Good luck, Neil, a great cause.

15.04.11 good luck fella

12.04.11 Last year Paris Dakar, this year you've raised the bar ......Wales to Croma. The very best of luck.

11.04.11 Good luck mate!!! Bloody good cause!!!

05.04.11 Faster Neil faster!!

22.03.11 Top bloke, cold beans for pedal power mate !!

03.03.11 Good luck Neil, we'll be with you all the way (in spirit!)

03.03.11 Go Neil, go!!!!

21.02.11 OMG! Good on ya Plopps, don't forget to fit the air brakes on that bike of yours ;-)

21.02.11 Good luck Neil, excellent cause

15.02.11 Worth every penny to see Niel on a bike !


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Linda Waters
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