Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2017

Be inspired by some of the most dramatic scenery England has to offer on this bike ride from west to east.

•A weekend challenge in the North of England
•Dip your wheels into both the Irish and North Seas
•Follow parts of Hadrian's Wall and visit an ancient Roman Fort
•Experience the beauty of the Northumbrian scenery


Be inspired by some of the most dramatic scenery England has to offer on this classic bike ride from west to east. Departing from the coast of West Cumbria, this challenging itinerary stretches for 140 miles until reaching the North Sea. The picturesque route crosses the northern edge of the Lake District, then climbs into the dramatic landscapes of the northern Pennines. Following the ancient fringes of Hadrian’s Wall, it then heads down to the coastline of Whitley Bay.

 

You’ll need all your pedal power to tackle big ascents and descents in the Eden Valley and Northumberland National Park. The aches and pains will be long forgotten, however, while the memory of this remarkable journey past former mining towns and Roman forts will endure for years to come.

 

Location

Venue

Departing from the Cumbrian coast, you’ll need all your pedal power to tackle big ascents and descents as this challenging itinerary stretches for 140 miles to the North Sea

Event Essentials

 Your Entry

Self funder

Pay a registration fee of £95.00 when you book.

Then a balance of £404.00
(5 weeks before your challenge).

Raise as much as you can for MHA

 

Minimum sponsorship

Registration fee of £95.00 when you book.

Raise a minimum of £825.00 for MHA .

 

Click here for a more detailed explanation of the options available.

 

Event Registration

Registration Closes - 1 March 2017

If you are unable to take part in this challenge alternative dates are available in September 2017

Event FAQ'S

 

For more information about this event please contact the Fundraising Team by calling 01332 22 1641 or email events@mha.org.uk

 

This event is organsied by a third party organisation - to view full details of this challenge online please visit charitychallenge.com

Event Day

 

Day 1, Fri 12 May 2017

Arrival and preparation


A warm welcome awaits you in the Cumbrian port town of Whitehaven. You will be met by the Charity Challenge representatives, as well as your fellow cyclists. The evening will be spent enjoying your first team dinner, followed by a full briefing about the coming days.

 

Day 2, Sat 13 May 2017

Whitehaven to Alston (approximately 65 miles)


And we’re off! After a very early breakfast, we head towards the shore where we dip our bikes in the Irish Sea. It’s then time to get pedalling as we venture towards the village of Cleator Moor and into the stirring landscape of the Lake District National Park.

Home to England’s highest mountains and deepest lakes, the region has inspired writers, artists and poets for generations. But our main concern this morning are the daunting hills that we need to cross in order to reach Loweswater and then Braithwaite and Keswick. We stop in Threkeld for a hard-earned lunch, before pushing on across Cumbria’s rolling hills and past Greystoke and the historic market town of Penrith. Finally we reach Alston: our home for the night. Dinner will be followed by another briefing and the chance to reflect on the day’s events.

 

Day 3, Sun 14 May 2017

Alston to Whitley Bay (approximately 75 miles)


Recharged and ready for action, we start the day by heading towards Northumberland National Park and the ancient ramparts of Hadrian’s Wall. The route ventures upwards through Halfwhistle and on to Homestead’s Fort, dramatically located on a high escarpment of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. The fort, which offers spectacular panoramas, once housed about 800 men and is supposedly the site of Britain’s oldest toilets!

It’s then time to head east towards our final destination. Bypassing Newcastle-upon-Tyne, we head for our final destination: St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay. Exhausted but triumphant, we complete the ride by dipping our wheels in the North Sea. There will be plenty of time for group photos and celebrations at the end of this spectacular ride. Participants can either make their own way home or be transferred back to Whitehaven free of charge

SPREAD THE WORD

1

£6 could help us deliver a week's Telebuddies service, providing a regular phone call to check on five isolated older people living alone.

2

£50 could train a volunteer befriender for an isolated older person, helping to reduce loneliness and isolation in their own home.

3

£180 could fund a Music Therapist for a day, working to reduce anxiety in four 1:1 sessions and one group session.

Spread the word and maximise your fundraising!

We've got lots of resources to help you hit your fundraising targets. To find out more, get in touch with the Fundraising Tea

Gift Aid

For every pound your supporters donate, we can claim an extra 25p from the taxman (provided they are a taxpayer at the time of their donation.) This can make a big difference in helping us to reduce loneliness and isolation in older age. Encourage your sponsors to confirm they’re happy for us to claim Gift Aid when they fill in your sponsorship form.

If they qualify for Gift Aid, all they have to do is fill in the sponsorship form fully and sign the Gift Aid box. It’s important to remember that we can only claim Gift Aid for donations. We can’t claim it for:
• raffle tickets
• entry to an event
• sponsorship from close family members for some challenge events
If you need any more information or have any questions, just get in touch.

Matched Funding

Some companies have a match-funding scheme which could double the amount you raise. Speak to your employer to see if you could take advantage of this.

Fundraising Online

Creating a fundraising page online can massively boost your sponsorship. Start by uploading a photo, sharing your reasons for fundraising and setting yourself a target.

A large opening donation can have an impact on the average amount the rest of your supporters donate - so ask a generous friend or family member to get things going!

IT’LL BE ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT

Boost your fundraising, tell everyone about your challenge and spread the word about our vital work by publicising your efforts. Here are just a few tips.

1

Share updates and images on Twitter @BestForAges and tag them with #BestForAges

2

Share your story with a local newspaper to reach a wider audience. You can get in touch with our Press Team if you need help.

3

Inspire colleagues and get closer to your fundraising target by putting posters up in your workplace.

Spread the word and maximise your fundraising!

We've got lots of resources to help you hit your fundraising targets. To find out more, get in touch with the Fundraising Team.

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