DAY 7, AUGUST 26: Finished!!!
As most of you may already know, on Saturday 26th August 2017, myself and 3 friends completed the 891.8 mile journey from John o’Groats to Lands End.
Along the way we climbed 43,651 feet of elevation, burned 34,697 calories and spent over 70 hours cycling, on our longest day we finished cycling at 2am in the morning and most nights we were only able to get 5 hours sleep before getting up and doing it all again. Our longest day was 155.1 miles and our average mileage per day was 127 miles and crazily I managed a top speed of 55.5 mph on the final day along the A30.
For me this has been a journey that has been over 10 years in the making since my dad and I first did End2End together in 2006, but were unable to complete within the timescale of 7 days and only managing 10 days.
I’d like to thank everyone involved in supporting the Team and I along the way, especially the companies that have sponsored us to make this happen Fosroc, KnowHow, ByBox, Crisis Worldwide Sameday Couriers (Charles Grant-Salmon) Cardean Couriers and Techlogico, Luke Gooding at Lumisi with all the shirt and web design work. The support crew have been amazing and without them the whole thing would have been unachievable so a massive thanks to Sue Franklin, Mark Franklin, Raymond Doherty and Wayne Szeniawski for giving up their time and tending to our every need along the way.
Our primary charity is The Basil Skyers Myeloma Foundation. However, I have chosen to add a couple of other worthy causes that mean something personal to me for my Sponsorship Page in hope to raise a few £££’s for those charities, Headway and Road Peace.
Thanks again for taking the time to read this and for your support and encouragement along the way, I fulfilled a dream with some great friends.
DAY 6, AUGUST 25: Today is the penultimate day and it looks as if the Team Basil Skyers End2End Myeloma – Multiple Miles will smash it! Watch out for the Grand Finale ‘Live’ tomorrow as Sophia Skyers & the team cycle towards the iconic landmark at Lands End. A 1,000 miles will have been completed for myeloma patients and carers in just 7 days. Importantly, a wider group of patients with other cancers and other chronic illnesses also directly benefit from the kind of interventions the charity can make.
The charity will have reached the mark and with the kind of financial support it has received, we will be able to make an indelible mark as a direct result of the kind of patient and carer initiatives we will be able to fund going forward. Your support is and has been central to this.
So, thank you so much for your support dear Facebook friends. Social media has certainly levelled the communication field for small charities like the Basil Skyers Foundation. Keep the messages coming. It is fabulous to have you on this epic journey of a lifetime with with us! Stick with us. The best is yet to come!
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DAY 5, AUGUST 24: Sometimes its hard to imagine that a ride as challenging as this can also be immense fun. But these pictures show that the team is in great spirits as they headed to Bristol yesterday and the final days of the ride. As you can see Sophia Skyers is always game for a laugh by wearing a silly hat which was passed to her by route planner Steve Wright As was noted on the trip Steve is a bit confused after 600 miles of riding? First he produces a silly hat now that he is south of the border? and its rumoured that he has taken to saying ‘Top of the morning to ya’ in his best accent when the ride has been nowhere near ireland?
Here is a link to some of the hi jinks that are now taking place as the team approaches the final days of this epic ride
Funny Video Alert !
Friday August 25th) the team set off for a 112 mile ride to Okehampton and then Saturday for the last day of 110 miles to Lands End. Keep going guys, you are nearly there!
DAY 4, AUGUST 23: This was the longest and most arduous day which included 150 mile ride of The Shap with an elevation 1400ft climb. Weather pretty miserable too with high winds and rain. Everyone is at their limit and then going beyond it. The riders got battered going up the hill which added to the risk of going down the other side. The day was not all bad though, some of the riders including Sophia Skyers, had motivational visits from their families at Crewe. I (husband Clyde Morris) travelled up to Crewe and was joined by my father Lord Morris of Handsworth, & his wife Eileen, my nephew Dr Rohan Morris and his wife Sarah, and their enchanting baby daughter Ella. Needles to say Ella absolutely stole the show and soon everyone forgot all about aches and cycling etc for a few hours as these pictures show. No sleep till Lands End!
DAY 3, AUGUST 22: Another day completed 132 miles and over 5000 ft of climbing. That’s almost 400 miles in 3 days. Started in a complete downpour for first couple of hours to Glasgow but it got better. Everyone hurting from late nights & early am starts now. However, some gr8 pics of scenery for u nature lovers, Celtic Park for u footie lovers, & Gretna Green for the romantics! PS the support team is amazing. Pls show your love for the riders and the cause if you have not already done so. Thanks! No sleep till Lands End!
DAY 2, AUGUST 21: REALLY tough! Bikes failing! riders falling & hurtin! 8500ft of climbing! 132 miles! and a 10pm finish!
A lot of very very tired people tonight including ma gal who have cycled 252 miles competed in 2 days. All heroes, with massive hearts, I salute you! Big shout out to fabulous support crew who make all this possible. Day 3? its already begun, so more of the same then!!!
DAY 1, AUGUST 20: 120 miles accomplished! Took a little longer time wise as some of the team stopped at Glemorangie Distillery! Today the team had climbs that we’re so hard, the only thing worse would be riding up a sheer rock face! There was one two mile climb so steep it almost defied the laws of gravity. See what tomorrow brings. Sophia Skyers and the team are truly thankful for the messages of support. No sleep till Lands End. Go Baby Go! Bx
The team have been in serious training for a year now and are ready to roll! Ride starts on 19th August from JOHN ‘O GROATS and ending up 7 days later at LANDS END on 26th August. The distance is about 930 miles… an average of 130 miles per day!!!!
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Here is a link to the stopping off points. http://end2end.lumisicreative.com/383-2/
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Lumisi are incredibly proud to be supporting everyone taking part in this years End2End charity cycle marathon.
My name is Luke, I first met Dan a long time ago, at a high school not too far far away… and over the next 28 years we became good friends, not because we had a lot in common at first (Star Wars aside!). One of us was a tad better at actual sports, the other more a sensible soccer kind of guy. One of us had a bit of an eye for design, the other an eye for the ladies.
One thing we did have in common was our amazing dads. True gents, caring and a really good laugh, both will be forever remembered and deeply missed.
Leigh Dolby made me feel part of the family from day one, yet I don’t think he ever called me by my real name, referring to me as “Lord Lucan” (google it if you need) or skywalker! Anyway, going to the Dolbys on the way home from school was was always entertaining, there were a few games of MARIO Kart (which I won most of the time!), BBQs, street football, creating insanely big Lego cities and occasionally playing the odd prank on Dan’s little sister (Sorry Toni x).
But to be serious for a moment the thing that stands out the most (were Leigh’s pink trousers! Ha, they did but no… it’s how incredible Leigh was at raising money for others, through charity events for many good causes and always with a smile on his face no matter how hard the challenge.
It wasn’t long till Dan started joining in too. Long hours training, early starts (well Leigh anyway), swimming, canoeing, running and of course cycling!
I’d follow along on a few events, helping with Dan’s mum Anne as part of a well trained support crew, always there at the finish line with a couple of Tia Maria’s and cokes!
In 2006 Dan and Leigh upped the game with the first End2End – John ‘O Groats to Lands End cycle marathon. It had a few ups and downs, and I’m not talking about the hills but they made it, loved doing it and will remember it forever. During that trip, the team stayed over at my house in Chester, a few beers and some funny tales about the days riding is how I will remember Leigh.
So this year Dan not happy with just swimming lakes and running marathons, pains in his legs, back, neck, elbows (insert other operation game parts!) is back and he aims to complete the End2End ride with the team in just 7 days – wow! Your effort and commitment is unbelievable.
I don’t know everyone in the group as well as Dan, but wish you all the best in achieving the 7 day goal and hope you raise as much money as possible for the excellent charity the Basil Skyers Foundation. Leigh would have been very proud.
I’d ask all of you reading this – to please support the team by kindly donating at VirginMoney, because every little helps.
Creative Director, Lumisi Ltd