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C2C Lifeboat Pedallers fundraising page

Steven McAllister
Marylou Laney
JEREMY LANEY

Supporting

Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting our page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the RNLI. 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.  [/p][p]We are raising funds in Memory of Linda Monaghan, a great supporter of the RNLI, who died last year. We aim to cycle from St David's Lifeboat Station to Lowestoft Lifeboat Station (around 400 miles, the widest coast-to-coast crossing from the most westerly point of mainland Wales to the most easterly point of Britain).[/p][p]The event will take place during the week of 24th to 31st May 2014. We hope to complete the ride in five stages, averaging around 80 miles per day, with the longest day (Cambridge to Lowestoft) almost 100 miles. [/p][p]We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]Steve, Jeremy, Mary-Lou, Ian, Dave and Damian[/p][lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]Coast2Coast Lifeboat Pedallers Itinerary[/span][/b][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]Friday 23 May[/b][span=background-color: transparent;] pm, travel to St David’s[/span][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]Stage 1  [/b][b]Saturday 24 May[/b][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]  St David’s to Llandovery, [/b][b]80 miles[/b][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]Stage 2  [/b][b]Sunday 25 May[/b][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]  Llandovery to Brockweir, [/b][b]75 miles[/b][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]Stage 3  [/b][b]Monday 26 May[/b][span=background-color: transparent;](Bank Holiday)[/span][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]  Brockweir to Buckingham, [/b][b]90 miles [/b][span=background-color: transparent;](to Finmere airfield)[/span][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]Stage 4  [/b][b]Tuesday 27 May[/b][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]  Buckingham[/b](Finmere)[b] to Cambridge, [/b][b]65 miles[/b][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]Stage 5  [/b][b]Wednesday 28 May[/b][/p] [lt]p style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 13px;"[gt][b]  Cambridge[/b][b] to Lowestoft, [/b][b]95 miles[/b][/p][p][span=color: #3366ff;][b]Mon 19 May[/b] (Happy Birthday Ian & Archie):We've certainly improved our stamina & fitness since we started our training rides about 15 weeks ago, covering hundreds of miles up & down many a Gloucestershire, Somerset & Monmouthshire hill. Whether we've done enough will soon become apparent next week! Apart from the hills, we have also faced a few other challenges, including the odd flu virus, a sprained ankle, worn-out gears, just two (that I remember) punctures, two tumbles, almost a full day cycling in heavy rain, a hailstorm, thunder & lightning and for the first time (today) almost too hot! How typically British.[/span][/p] [p][span=color: #3366ff;][b]Tues 20 May[/b]: THANK YOU!! Having now reached the initial, modest target of £1000 exc GiftAid (when asked to set a target for this page, there was no "as much as possible" option), we're hoping that this doesn't put off more potential donors. Every extra £1 raised would be a very welcome bonus for the RNLI.[/span][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;][b][lt]span style="text-decoration: underline;"[gt]Friday 23 May[/span][/b] Thanks to Damian and his gurt big van, we were speedily transported to St David’s, bikes&all, just ahead of the Friday rush. Huge Respect & thanks to David (Dai) the coxswain and Tracy for arranging the tour of the St.David's Lifeboat Station & lifeboat on arrival on Friday. In awe of what the RNLI crews do voluntarily, it reminded us why we are doing this. Onwards & eastwards in the morning![lt]/span[gt][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;][b][lt]span style="text-decoration: underline;"[gt]Saturday 24 May[/span][/b] - We’re off! Reached Llandovery on schedule. 25 dry, very hilly, scenic miles along South Pembrokeshire coast plus 55 very wet, quite hilly (i.e. Welsh) miles into headwind. Relieved to get here, especially Mary-Lou, after her tumble on a wet metal gulley in Llandeilo. Bruised but not broken, she soldiered on through the pouring rain. There’s no stopping M-L on a mission! A very welcome, warm stay at The Level Crossing Bunkhouse & Bistro. Even the bikes had a proper rest in the special bike room, whilst we were waited on & looked after by the new Lady Mayoress of Llandovery.[lt]/span[gt][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;][lt]span style="text-decoration: underline;"[gt][b]Sunday 25[/b] [b]May[/b][/span] – Began with a gentle 10 mile climb from Llandovery then down via Brecon to Alice's for elevenses at Talybont-on-Usk. Much welcome bara-brith, many Welshcakes, lemon sponge and gallons of tea. Lovely minor (and a bit more major A40) roads via Abergavenny to Raglan for lunch with George North (Wales & Northampton winger) and girlfriend Becky James, 2013 cycling world sprint and keirin champion [they decided not to interrupt our meal just to cash in on our fame and kindly left us in peace. True professionals]. More good roads & hardly any rain today.  On to Monmouth & down the Wye Valley to the Brockweir Inn for celebratory beers, followed by the steepest possible climb up to Ian & Caroline's, for huge, top quality carbs & protein (Lasagne) feast and a good night’s sleep.[lt]/span[gt][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;][b][lt]span style="text-decoration: underline;"[gt]Monday 26 May[/span][/b] – A dry start. Managed to hold on to our Scott’s Porage Oats despite having to immediately finish the climb from Brockweir. Then down to the Severn estuary and along nasty roads around Gloucester, lunch in Cheltenham, a long climb up & over the Cotswolds. About 60 dry miles to Witney then 30 more with heavy rain to Finmere, Bucks. Longest day so far at around 90 miles yet still more laughter than tears. Maybe it’s the pain killers most of us are on for a variety of excuses (sore knees, hips, bruised ribs & elbow, wrong saddle…). Thanks to the team doctor’s revised dosage advice, we were kept comfortably numb. Thanks also to Dave for his willingness to share his magic white powder – a great boost when faced with another climb. A great welcome as we approached Finmere airfield as, in true Tour de France style, we saw our ‘C2C’ & team names chalked on the road! Thanks this time to Neil & Kate for a huge, top quality carbs & protein (Lasagne) feast and a good night’s sleep. Thanks also to Alison & John for extra comfy beds and the loan of a couple of pairs of waterproof overshoes.[lt]/span[gt][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;][b][lt]span style="text-decoration: underline;"[gt]Tuesday 27 May[/span][/b] – Oh dear. Heavy rain from the start. Then, despite Neil’s meticulous route plans, we were very nearly defeated by Milton Keynes’ amazing Red Route cycleways. Not helped by one of our team (we won’t mention Ian’s name here) who loved the system so much, he insisted on exploring some alternative red paths. Jeremy volunteered to take on the role of team scout and eventually found him discussing rights of way with a man with ten dogs and a wheelbarrow. Of course, our un-named team member, an experienced ex-club road racer, was right. We would have shaved an hour off our time if we’d stuck to the wide open dual carriageway (if, that is, we had survived the seventeen busy roundabouts which have a speed limit of 70mph). It wasn’t until we finally escaped from MK, heading east into horizontal rain that it dawned on us that we had spotted our MK hosts at least seven times at strategic points along the Red-way, filming the whole thing! Had we been set up, purely for their amusement? And so, on to wet Bedford, where we dripped a remarkable amount of rainwater onto the floor of a charming little café, then back on the road to Cambs. Can’t remember the category above ‘torrential’ in precipitation parlance, but that’s the one we rode through for the rest of the day. Even so, riding along ‘the backs’ in low light, negotiating heavy traffic and rain-filled pot-holes, King’s College Chapel still provides a stunning backdrop to the SW approach to Cambridge. Checked in to the Portland Arms, carried our bikes & gear up a slippery metal fire escape to the ‘secure deck’. Alas, no lasagne on offer at the inn, so we put on slightly less wet clothes for our night out on the town. But, influenced by our new host’s advice along with footware not appropriate for the continuing deluge, we decided to just tip-toe across the road to The Tivoli where we took advantage of ‘Tuesday Meat-Fest Club’, or something similar, where choices included a rack of lamb with a half chicken breast (not sure what the other half was), onion rings, barbecue sauce & chips AND a pint of Ruddles, all for £4.99![lt]/span[gt][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;][lt]span style="text-decoration: underline;"[gt][b]Wednesday 28 May[/b] [/span]– One more day of rain and pain to go. Breakfast not available at the Inn. Set off at an enthusiastic pace across Midsummer Common where grazing urban cattle seemed quite at home. Just the slightest wobble rippled through the peloton when quite a large aircraft suddenly dropped out of the clouds and landed the other side of the fence a few yards to our right, at what is now known as Cambridge International Airport. Good progress along straight, flat roads all the way to Newmarket. A hearty brunch at an Italian café set us up for the final hurdle. The rain had stopped! Gorgeous route past open paddocks full of thoroughbreds in training, through chocolate box Suffolk villages, Bury St Edmunds and on to Flixton Aviation Museum for late lunch. Alas, “the cheese man hadn’t arrived” (?) so we settled for tea & cakes and lashings of RAF banter. By now we could almost taste the sea air on the light easterly wind. Just a few more gentle hills (no, East Anglia is not flat). Dry all the way across Suffolk. Job done. A cheery welcome from Lowestoft RNLI plus family bearing celebratory bubbles. ‘Mamils’ may not look cool posing in RNLI crew gear but champagne does go well with Lowestoft fish & chips.[lt]/span[gt][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;][b]Some statistics[/b] for those interested:[/span][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;]Total mileage: 392.58          Hours pedalling: 29h:33min            Average speed (laden):12.82mph[/span][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;]Total climbing (accumulative height gain):16,146ft                   Total descent: 16,250ft[/span][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;]Calories burned: 24,754                Calories consumed: who cares?     [/span][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;]Multiply all the above x 5 (no of riders) or x 10 (no of wheels) then consider:[/span][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;]Punctures: 0            Mechanical problems: 1 broken spoke.[/span][/p] [p][span=color: #ff0000;]Funds raised to-date, including Gift Aid: £2,051.25 and rising …. THANK YOU EVERYONE![/span][/p] [p][span=color: #3366ff;][b]Next challenge[/b]: Cycling around the coast of Great Britain & Ireland calling in at every lifeboat station?[/span][/p][lt]div class="yiv1696856006yui_3_7_2_37_1400440874035_81" style="font-size: 13px; background-color: transparent;"[gt][span=color: #0000ff;][p][/p][/span][lt]/div[gt]

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Personal Challenge Date

24 May 2014

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Supporters


Jul 21, 2014

Anonymous

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jun 16, 2014

Anonymous

Cash donations from Gary Atterton (£10) and Phil & Max Stocker (£10). Well done - thanks!

£20.00


Jun 12, 2014

Anonymous

What an achievement! Very well done to you all.

£5.00

plus £1.25 Gift Aid


Jun 6, 2014

Anonymous

£80.00

plus £20.00 Gift Aid


Jun 5, 2014

Anonymous

Well done Ian and everyone from Keith and Val, Caroline's Mum and Dad x

£20.00


Jun 5, 2014

Anonymous

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Jun 4, 2014

Joy

Well done! A great achievement.

£10.00


Jun 4, 2014

Anonymous

I hope your energy levels are rising after the gruelling ride....well done!

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Jun 2, 2014

Ian

Congratulations on this massive achievement. I do hope sitting down isn't going to be an issue for the next few days.

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Jun 2, 2014

via Steve Mc

Cash donated en route, many thanks to Mark & Gail Evans, Andrea, The Humble Pie Cafe in Carmarthen, Jan & Mark from Saskatchewan, and Steve Bush.

£42.00

Steven McAllister

Steven McAllister

Marylou Laney

Marylou Laney

JEREMY LANEY

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