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Le Tour de Farce - The Lockdown Sequel

3 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p][b]**** STOP PRESS ****[/b][/p][p][b][i]Sun 31 May: They've done it! Bob, Frank and Neil have all crossed their virtual finishing line at St Mary's Stadium. [/i][/b][/p][p][b][i]Thanks again to all who've already so generously sponsored us. Though the ride is complete, there's still time to add a donation and help us keep smiling for the Wessex Neurological Centre. Thank you :-)[/i][/b][/p][p]On Saturday 7th May 2005 a group of five friends left Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium to cycle a six day, 390-mile route back to Southampton. Dubbed the 'Tour De Farce', the event raised £10,000 for the Smile4Rich Ambulance Appeal. Now, 15 years later, two of the team are getting together under lockdown (albeit virtually), but the 2020 sequel will be a very different 'tour'. [/p][p]In the intervening years, Frank Cousins, an avid Saints fan and keen cyclist, moved to Scotland where he continued to cycle regularly until a year ago. In contrast, recently retired Smile4Wessex Appeals Director and lifelong Pompey fan, Neil Westbrook, had until last month cycled less than 50 miles in the almost 15 years since. More importantly, over that time, the charity has gone on to raise over £1.6 million for projects at the Wessex Neurological Centre that have made a huge contribution to enhancing patient care.[/p][p][b]Le Tour de Farce - The Sequel[/b][/p][p]This time Neil plans to cycle to Middlesbrough and back, a total of 780 miles (1,255 km), albeit without leaving home (he'll be riding his bike on a turbo trainer). "My wife is one of those 'shielding' from Covid-19, so we're locked down for at least 12 weeks. I needed something to give me a goal to aim for and, with the anniversary of the ride coming up, this seemed the obvious choice." [/p][p]Meanwhile, Frank will be aiming to ride 1,000 km (621 miles) on his local roads, the equivalent of riding from his home in Scotland to Southampton (via Middlesbrough) and hoping to cover that distance by the end of May. "We've talked about doing something again, but life kept getting in the way. But charities are really suffering at present so when Neil got in touch it was just the motivation I needed to get back in the saddle". [/p][p]Being both friends and football rivals, needless to say there's an added edge to their respective challenges, with each determined to be first to finish. But whatever the result, they want the real winner to be Smile4Wessex so both Neil and Frank would be extremely grateful for your support and encouragement - as indeed will everyone at the Wessex Neurological Centre. [/p][p][b]Additional Team Member[/b][/p][p]Frank and Neil are delighted to have been joined on the team by another Saints fan, Bob Bain, who hails from Dorset and is also aiming for the full 780-mile distance. Welcome aboard Bob :-)[/p][p]Thank you for your support and Keep Smiling! [/p][p]PS. While the three other members of the original five (Sharon, Barry & Simon) are sadly unable to participate this time, plans have already been mooted for a 20th anniversary challenge - though that event may necessitate the use of mobility scooters rather than bikes! [/p][p][b]Progress to date[/b] (format Mxx - xx.x represents date of ride, eg May11th and miles ridden).[/p][p][b]Bob[/b] May01 - 28.2 miles, M04 - 33.6, M06 - 37.5, M07 - 18.9, M09 - 44.7, M10 - 18.5, M12 - 42.4, M14 - 30.8, M16 - 36.2, M17 - 34.6, M19 - 34.6, M20 - 42.9, M21 - 32.5, M22 - 34.9, M23 - 49.7, M24 - 50.1, M26 - 37.2, M27 - 42.7, M28 - 34.8, M29 - 31.2, M30 - 40.4, M31 - 26.7 [b]Running Total 783.1 miles (0 miles to go)[/b][/p][p][b]Frank[/b] May03 - 32.9 miles, M04 - 16.1, M05 -19.7, M06 - 16.1, M08 - 70.9, M09 - 37.5, M13 - 13.2, M15 - 16.1, M16 - 28.8, M21 - 16.1, M21 - 28.8, M24 - 28.9, M25 - 72.4, M26 - 15.7, M27 - 40.2, M28 - 48.5, M29 - 40.2, M30 - 57.9, M31 - 21.9 [b]Running Total 621.9 miles (0 miles to go)[/b][/p][p][b]Neil[/b] May07 - 10.0 miles, M08 - 15.0, M09 - 20.0, M10 - 25.0, M11 - 30.0, M12 - 35.0, M14 - 30.0, M15 - 35.0, M16 - 40.0, M17 - 45.0, M18 - 50.0, M19 - 55.2, M21 - 50.1, M22 - 56, M23 - 62.2, M24 - 68.0, M25 - 73.5, M26 - 79.37, M31 - 0.63 [b]Running Total 780 miles (0 miles to go) [/b][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

31 May 2020


Jun 25, 2020


Nice shorts :-) Great effort... That's a long way!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 2, 2020

Paul W

Well done to Bob and team.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 2, 2020


Seriously impressive, well done Bobla and the team.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 2, 2020

Simon D

Well done Bob, shame about the outfit...

Jun 2, 2020

Jon Eaton

Well done Bob

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 1, 2020

Chris Lenney

Great cause and great effort. Well done

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 1, 2020


Fantastic effort! Well done all of you.

Jun 1, 2020


Nicely done chaps.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 1, 2020

Neil Bottomley

Well done Bob, great effort

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 1, 2020



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