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Ark to Arc riders raise more than £70,000

They did it! The fabulous and formidable Arkriders have completed the Ark to Arc challenge – and they are on course to raise more than £70,000.

After four gruelling days in the saddle, the super cyclists rode round the Arc de Triomphe to the final meeting point at the Eiffel Tower at the end of a memorable journey that took them from Basingstoke to the heart of Paris.

The 265-mile journey was an emotional rollercoaster, and no more so than on the final afternoon after cyclist Simon Finch came off his bike just 20 miles from the finish and suffered a broken collarbone.

Awesome Ark Cyclists raise more than £50K

An awesome group of cyclists are celebrating after raising £50,000 for Ark Cancer Centre Charity by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG).

On May 13, the Ark Cyclists set off from the Cornwall landmark and headed north on a nine-day 965-mile ride to the Scottish landmark at the other end of Great Britain.

Some of the riders did particular legs of the journey and seven completed the whole ride – an amazing achievement for all of them, but particularly for team leader 51-year-old Jonathan Hobby, who has been undergoing treatment for lymphoma.

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JOGLE16 riders raise more than £47,000

An awesome team of cyclists are celebrating after completing a mammoth challenge and smashing a £20,000 fundraising target.

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A big thank you to Pearl Evans who took on a 13-hour exercise challenge to raise hundreds of pounds. Pearl, 66, walked, ran and cycled over three days to raise cash towards the cancer treatment centre.

Pearl said: “This is a cause that is close to my heart as I've lost family members and friends to cancer and can only imagine how difficult it must be to travel miles when you feel so unwell.” Pearl, who works at J&K Care Specialists, in New Street, Basingstoke, took on the challenge at Aspects of Fitness, based at Scrapps Hill.

Cycling The Way of The Roses

Dawn Nicholson, local cyclist and Ladies Captain at Test Valley Golf Club, completed The Way of the Roses in the Yorkshire Dales over four days from 19th July. Here is her diary:

I set out on a gorgeous day in July with 3 friends and a kindly support driver to cycle the coast to coast route from Morecambe to Bridlington via the Yorkshire Dales.  Officially 170 miles from start to finish.

Triathlon

Not to be deterred by the cancellation of his original choice of triathlon (the Lake District), Sam Ward completed his event in Stowe, Gloucestershire on the hottest day of 2013 so far (Sunday 7th July). Swimming 1500m followed by a 56km cycle and a 10km run to complete the event, Sam’s hard effort and generous support from his friends and family was matched by his company (Brit Services) who doubled the amount that he raised. Thank you.

Arch to Arc Triathlon

We are so proud of Rachel Hessom who has successfully completed the Arch to Arc Triathlon: an 87 mile run from London to Dover; a swim across the English Channel and a 181-mile cycle to Paris. We are delighted that she has completed it safely and especially as she is raising funds for the charity. If you are thinking of doing a similar challenge, read on for Rachel’s thoughts during preparation and the event itself. It’s inspirational (if not a little crazy!)

Ark Cyclists

Ark Cyclists

Great support has been shown from Basingstoke surgeons and consultants. Orthopaedic Surgeons Jonathan Hobby, Toby Briant-Evans and Kevin Conn, Anaesthetist Chris Seifert and Cardiologist Jason Glover plus a number of friends competed in the amateur race stage of the Tour de France on Sunday 7th July 2013. Just two weeks before the professional cyclists arrived; they all successfully cycled L’Etape du Tour in Annecy, which is 128km with over 3000m of climbing in six categorised climbs.