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Penguins Against Cancer T3 Challenge



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[p]5 JUN 21: The Penguin Peloton successfully cycled from Guy's Tower to Spinnaker Tower, ending at Portsmouth RFC on Sun 30 May 21. Many Thanks to all the very generous donors (we have raised in excess of £29000 (including Gift Aid) to support PAC including specific cancer research projects via the Fergus Scholefield Cancer Research Fund). [/p][p]The report below will shortly appear with photos on the PAC website: www.penguinsagainstcancer.org.uk[/p][p]The recipients of the Fergus Scholefield research bursaries will be announced in Jun 21.[/p][p][b]The Penguin Peloton - T3 (Tower to Tower cycle ride):[/b][/p][p][b]The day dawned all too early for 16 Penguins (combined age over 850) with 2 Black Rats in support, to undertake what was initially billed as an 82 mile (subsequently turning out to be 99 mile) gentle cycle ride from Guy’s Tower, London Bridge to the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth finishing at Portsmouth RFC.[/b][/p][p][b]As seems common with PAC events there was significant variation in participants’: body size and shape, degree of preparation, suitability of equipment and clothing, initial enthusiasm and competence level. At 8 bells the Penguins shuffled haphazardly into 3 groups and set off, Jackasses leading followed by Chinstraps and Macaronis, quite rightly, to the rear. A few perfunctory comments regarding anti-chafing measures and lycra products rapidly gave way to reminiscing over glorious student life in the 20th century sans internet, mobile phones, apps and COVID, and when beer in Guy’s bar cost 46 pence per pint.[/b][/p][p][b]The route, exquisitely planned by Trevor, took in many of London’s sights, a number of parks, an unopposed river crossing, a sumptuous lunch at the Star Inn, Witley and the superb hospitality of the God Save the Bean café. Much of the journey was flattish, with some downhill. There was also some significant uphill which sorted the weighty and powerfully built, from the lissom and clean limbed. The hill at South Harting (renamed South Hurting by the mesomorphs) provoked a number of curt Anglo-Saxon comments. Helpful advice such as ‘just keep going’ and ‘you should have got more gears on your bike’ from the sylphlike were not all well received.[/b][/p][p][b]Eventually the Penguin Peloton, which to be fair was built for comfort and not for speed, reached Portsmouth. We were welcomed by enthusiastic crowds both at the Spinnaker Tower and at Portsmouth RFC before undertaking some much needed electrolyte replenishment. There were remarkably few adverse incidents: 1 puncture, no mechanical catastrophes, no major collisions, much ribald banter, some discomfort and a self-managed medical issue. The T3 challenge at the time of writing has raised over £29000 (including Gift Aid) for the Fergus Scholefield cancer research fund, including a very generous donation of £20000 from the Graham Kirkham Foundation. The Penguin Peloton would like to sincerely thank Sasha and Tony Smith (The Black Rats road team), John Spandley (owner of God Save the Bean), Charlie Spedding for organising lunch, Portsmouth RFC and of course Guy’s Hospital RFC for its unwavering support. [/b][/p][p][b]The Penguin Peloton: Alan, Ben, Charlie x2, Darren, Geraint, Graham, Greg, Jamie, Jez, John, Nigel, Pat, Pete, Trevor, Wayne[/b][/p][p][b]The Black Rats: Sasha and Tony[/b][/p][p]Original information:[/p][p][b]Charity Cycle Ride: The Penguin Peloton[/b][/p][p][b]Guy’s Hospital Tower to Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower: Sunday 30th May 2021[/b][/p][p]In aid of the Fergus Scholefield Cancer Research Fund.[/p][p]Sixteen intrepid Penguins, [b]with a combined age of some 850 years[/b], will cycle from the Tower at Guy’s Hospital (home of the oldest Rugby Club in the world) via Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower, finishing at Portsmouth RFC, on Sunday 30th May 2021 to raise money for the [b]Fergus Scholefield Cancer Research Fund[/b].[/p][p]The PAC Fergus Fund was set up to remember an incredibly brave young man whose life was tragically cut short by cancer before the tender age of 3. He has inspired the creation of a research fund which makes annual financial awards to support clinicians at the cutting edge of cancer research (further detail available at [url=https://www.penguinsagainstcancer.org.uk/][b]www.penguinsagainstcancer.org.uk[/b][/url] under '[b]Fergus Fund[/b]'). [/p][p]PAC has in recent years collaborated with the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) to fund groundbreaking research, which we are determined should endure. [/p][p]Sixteen Penguins (Nigel, Alan, Charlie x 2, Geraint, Wayne, Greg, Darren, Pete, John, Pat, Graham, Jez, Trevor, Jamie, Ben) have therefore accepted the challenge to cycle for [b]90 miles[/b] from Guy’s Hospital, London to Portsmouth to raise money for the Fergus Fund. We will be accompanied by the incomparable Black Rat support team of Sasha and Tony Smith.[/p][p]PAC has no administrative costs. All monies raised go directly to those we support (raising cancer awareness, cancer research, cancer treatment and hospices). [b]Please give generously.[/b][/p][p]Penguins Against Cancer [Registered Charity No: 1159905] [/p][p][b][i]Sincere thanks go to Paul and Lu Palmer for their very generous sponsorship of cycling jerseys for the Penguin Peloton[/i][/b][/p][p][i]The Penguin Peloton is running as a parallel event with Rugby Against Cancer’s The Final Trek 2021. [/i][/p][p][i]Guy’s Hospital Rugby Club have two players participating in the Final Trek, Keir Smith and Sami Lewis. The event will see 63 people walk 80 miles leaving from Guy’s Hospital Cancer Care Centre and arriving at Portsmouth Rugby Club 32+ hours later. For more information head to [/i][url=http://www.rugbyagainstcancer.com][i]www.rugbyagainstcancer.com[/i][/url][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

30 May 2021


Jun 12, 2021

Paul and Sammy

Well done Pat xx


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 10, 2021


Well done Darren and all the Penguins. Les.


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Jun 8, 2021


Good effort and it looked as if roughly the same number finished as started


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jun 5, 2021

Sandie and Lawrie Tucker


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 3, 2021


Jun 3, 2021

Sue Desnoues

Well done Charlie Pugh! That must have been a tough and challenging ride but all the more worthwhile knowing that you were doing it for such a good cause. Congratulations on completing the journey.


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 3, 2021


Penguins and Paul H love a back-stroke butterfly; especially at a pool party. Adding some more to the T3 pot was all the encouragement he needed.


plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Jun 3, 2021



Jun 2, 2021



plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jun 2, 2021

Rosemary Higgs

Well done Penguins,! A great effort from a load of old men!! From Rosemary ( John’s mother in law)


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

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James Combes

James Combes

Graham Bevan

Graham Bevan

Greg Ryan

Greg Ryan

Darren Jones

Darren Jones

Peter Davis

Peter Davis

Trevor Kelly

Trevor Kelly

wayne llewellyn

wayne llewellyn

Charles Pugh

Charles Pugh

Jeremy Worth

Jeremy Worth

Geraint Thomason

Geraint Thomason

Patrick Gush

Patrick Gush

John Costello

John Costello

nigel white

nigel white

Alan Mistlin

Alan Mistlin

Charlie Beardmore

Charlie Beardmore

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