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Jenny Clark

The Two Stroke Challenge

Challenge complete

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Dementia research is vastly underfunded compared to other conditions and yet lots of families will be touched by this disease. Both myself and my husband experienced this when I lost my Dad to Alzheimer's in 2015 and my husband's Mum lost her battle in 2012. We want to make sure that dementia remains a national priority by raising awareness of the need to invest in research. [/p][p]As we are both passionate about riding motorbikes, along with some like-minded friends, we have decided to leave the modern bikes at home, avoid dual carriageways and ride some classic motorcycles on Spain's beautiful back roads from Santander to Gibraltar.[/p][p]The Two-Stroke challenge will take place over 8 days in June, setting sail to Santander on 17th June, and involves 4 classic motorbikes and 1 support vehicle (and lots of spares!). The average combined age of each participant and their vehicle is 99.6 years. The vehicles and riders are:[/p][p]1959 Montesa Brio (Bryan)[/p][p]1974 F7 Kawasaki (Tony)[/p][p]1976 B120 Suzuki (Steve)[/p][p]1981 KE175 Kawasaki (Jenny)[/p][p]2006 Mitsubishi Shogun (Chris)[/p][p]What could possibly go wrong?![/p][p]We are funding our trip so that all donations go to the Alzheimer's Society. Thank you in advance for your support. [/p][p]The journey so far:[/p][p]Day One: Sarah Kinsman the Mayor of Bodmin sees us off from the Hole in the Wall Bodmin along with our team mascot Baloo the leonberger. The cornish mizzle returned for the special occasion.[/p][p]Day two : Due to a medical emergency on the ferry to Santander a passenger had to be airlifted off, so we arrive 3 and a half hours late with 100 miles to ride. At one point the mist is so dense I can't see the Brio ahead. But then we reach the summit of the Piedraluengas and emerge into blue sky and sunshine as we descend into Cervera de Pisuerga. Beautiful town and hotel.[/p][p]Day three: Amazing ride through poppy fields and meadows of cornflowers and grapevines to Penafiel with a pitstop for lunch at Astudillo. 29 degrees. That's more like it! Visited the wine museum. Well the Ribera de Duero is one of the finest wine growing regions in Spain. Salud![/p][p]Day four: The medieval town of Avila. Seemed like alot of roman roads today. Could see for miles. As Avila came into view you could see the city walls and cathedral perched on the top. All the bikes holding up well . Put them in secure parking as we are staying right next door to the cathedral. [/p][p]Day five: The best ride so far over the mountains to Losar de Vera. Everywhere we go the Montesa Brio (Brenda) gets loads of attention. Treated to a flypast by about 20 iberian eagles soaring on the thermals. The ride from El Paso de Paloma to Losar was made for these bikes with lots of switchbacks and 30 to 40 km per hour max. Brilliant![/p][p]Day six: Over half way now. Rode to Navalvillar de Pela. EX roads wide and empty. Lovely Spanish casa with a traditional breakfast served in the garden overlooking the valley. Great way to start the day.[/p][p]Day seven: A long but great day.Bit of a naturefest with crickets jumping around on the road, deer, partridge with her babies and Hoopoes. Had to turn back on one road because there was a gate across. Security arrived and it turned out it was an atomic energy station! The security guys helped us to find another route which was through the Sierra de Hornachuelos. Fantastic! Well deserved swim at the end of the ride as it was an extra 40 km more than expected. [/p][p]Day eight: The roads to Ronda. We road through fields of sunflowers, olive trees and flamingos in the distance, I kid you not! Fantastic open roads and mountainous views with many other friendly motorcyclists waving. The Brio got all the attention as usual. Final stretch Gibraltar tomorrow. [/p][p]Final day and an audience with the Mayor: Ronda through the Sierranas de Ronda was stunning. Road surface was interesting! As we approached Gibraltar the sea breeze and the view of the rock was inspiring. We made it, no breakdowns, lots of laughter and brilliant memories. Meeting the Mayor the next day and the reporters from the Gibraltar Chronicle who were genuinely interested was the icing on the cake. The support we have received has been way beyond our expectations. Thank you. [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

18 Jun 2018


Oct 29, 2018


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 3, 2018


Thanks to all of the generous patrons of The Hole in the Wall, Bodmin.


Sep 1, 2018


Thanks Geordie's Dad.


Aug 8, 2018

Chapter1 Diner

Thanks to Chapter1 Diner patrons at Indian Queens for their generousity.


Aug 8, 2018

Victoria Inn

Thanks to the Victoria Inn, Roche for raising this money at their pub quiz.


Jul 25, 2018


Well done, great cause!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 16, 2018


Congratulations Jenny x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 3, 2018


Dear Jenny, Auntie Margaret told me of your bike challenge. Colin and I would like to donate, as we know what it is like to loose a parent to Alzheimers. Love and best wishes, Sally and Colin (Tickett)


Jul 2, 2018

Sinead Sewell

Good luck for the rest of the journey Jenny!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 2, 2018


Sorry it’s a bit late Jen! Congrats though and hope to see you for wine soon! Big Brammar love from Laura and Milo xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid