Sponsored Bike Rides done by some members of Almondbury Methodist Church
Sponsored Bike Rides

Members from Almondbury Methodist Church, and community friends have raised funds for the church and other charities by a series of sponsored bike rides, all over the UK.

A big thanks goes to everyone involved: the backup support teams who have supported the cyclists, the sponsors and especially to the riders who undertook these sponsored bike rides. Each of the bikes rides, has been intensive and challenging, but at the same time a source of fun and fellowship that comes from cycling together.

Bike Ride 2012 Yeovil to the Galpharm Stadium

One member of Almondbury Methodist Church, Mike C, signed up to be a part of the Huddersfield Initiative, to raise funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Town Youth Academy. 280 hardy individuals (including our Mike) got on their bikes and cycled 290 miles from Yeovil to the Galpharm Stadium, with a planned detour to climb the Cheddar Gorge.

It was a tough ride but the reward was worth it. The reception the cyclists received from the Huddersfield Town fans was fantastic. A massive thanks goes to everyone who gave so generously to help raise funds for this initiative. Mike's personal fundraising came to 1600 and the collective (280 cyclists) together hoped to raise 250,000 overall which would be a massive boost for the life-saving work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Thank you again to all you supported this!

Bike Ride 2007 Land's End To John O'Groats
(otherwise known as 'Le Jog')

On the 2nd August 2007, a five man team, cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats, a journey of approximately 1000 miles, which took 15 days. A tremendous effort and a huge achievement, by everyone involved. Roger T, Nick H, Tim B, Ben B and James B had the support and backup from Denise H and Chris B, for the whole 15 day 1000 mile plus journey.

This bike ride raised funds for three major charities, The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, The Stroke Association, and the British Heart Foundation. In addition to these three charities money was raised for our good friend Chris W, who suffered a stroke in 2006. Chris was left with, amongst other things, the inability to communicate by speech, and it is hoped some funds would pay for a course of specialist treatment to try and stimulate an improvement in his condition.

Bike Ride 2006 Hadrians Wall, Ravenglass to Tynemouth

Retracing the route of the famous wall built in 122 AD, an army of 14 bikers tackled some of the worst weather ever to conquer yet another marathon ride. The constant vertical rain for 2 out of the 3 days, could not dampen the spirits of these hardy souls who were admirably supported by a back up crew of Kate H and Julian K, using a huge transit van kindly provide by Pentagon Dealers in Sheffield. Despite many breakdowns and punctures all completed the ride and raised significant sums fo money for the Grand Plan building fund at Church. The riders were Roger T, Beth H, Dave N, Mike C, Paul F, Vanessa T, Ben B, James B, Tim B, James B, Richard K, Matthew B, James W, and David J.

Bike Ride 2005 Liverpool to Hull

The three day ride from Liverpool to Hull, 190 mile journey, started on the 2nd February 2005 involving eleven riders - Tim B, James B, Dr Ben B, Dave N, Mike C, David J, Charles H, Vanessa T, Roger T, Paul F, Nick H, with Ian K providing the support.

Each of the riders was raising sponsorship, for The Wesley Centre, Almondbury's community centre.

According to the organisers forecast, we should have ridden about 168 miles but poor signage and bad map reading meant that we took the long route. It could have been worse had it not been for the assistance of a Liverpudlian bike rider who decided to help and join up on the way. We didn't realise it at the time but this additional rider, John, was to show us the way in more ways than one and provide us with an experience and lesson, none of us will ever forget.

Bike Ride 2004 Berwick to Scarborough

Nine riders took part in our Grand Plan sponsored bike ride this year and completed over 200 miles of cycling in the three day event, which started on Friday 3rd September from Berwick on Tweed. The riders were Nick H, James B, Paul F, Mike C, Andrew S, Peter E, Roger T, Vanessa T, and Tim B, with support by David N (unable to take part this year due to injury).

Four of the riders were not associated with the Church, but supported 'the Grand Plan' and the links between the community.

Bike Ride 2003 Workington to Newcastle

More information to follow...

Where Next...

Plans are for another bike ride in mid September 2008 - the destination is not yet known but the hard work has started.

If you would like to join in, either supporting our cyclists or getting on your bike for the next sponsored bike ride please get in contact with Mike C.

Please note:
All riders associated with the above bike rides were responsible for their own portion of costs (costs associated with the ride, including transport, accomodation and food). This money was not taken from funds raised, but paid for by the individual rider (between 100-150 per person).
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