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Some of our Fabulous Fundraisers

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Some of our Fabulous Fundraisers2019-06-10T13:45:08+01:00
Gary and Matt Ford undertook a mammoth London to Dublin bike ride to raise funds for Matthew’s Friends and Isabel Hospice, read on for a summary of their adventure!
Thank you so much for your support gentlemen, your efforts are very much appreciated.

Gary and Matt’s London to Dublin bike ride May 2019

Having spent a week recovering from our little trip, below is a very brief summary of what we actually got up to in aid of Isabel Hospice and Matthew’s Friends..

Wednesday 1st May – Day 1….Broxbourne to Kettering

Up bright and early, bikes ready, backpacks on and out of the door 5.50am…nice start weather wise…..within 200 yds of the house a malfunction on Matt’s helmet…hopefully not a sign of things to come…into Hoddesdon and then back roads to Hertford picking up the 602 to Watton and Stevenage..breakfast….some lovely good luck wishes and our first anonymous sponsor…very uplifting..

On to letchworth looking fresh…

Country roads from here….
A sign for Ireland??…
oh poor Matt…
unfortunately the little village in bedfordshire was not our final destination

On to Bedford and lunch

Good wishes and onwards to Kettering and our first stop over at Premier Inn..
we’d visited the Hotels the week prior to our cycle and arranged rooms with plenty of space for the bikes….
so day 1 done – 79 miles following National Cycle routes provided by Google Maps….rest…dinner and bed…

Thursday 2nd May – Day 2 – Kettering to Trentham Gardens, Stoke On Trent

Up bright and early off through the Leicestershire countryside, B roads and below, Bridle Paths and Oxendon Tunnels…. yes Matt it’s ok this time to ‘go towards the light’!!

Breakfast in a quaint little pub called the Pug and Greyhound….. Skirting round Leicester and back onto country roads…lunch at 48 miles and with another 46 to go a proper rest and roast pork!!!..

The end of day two was tough…very tough and after 13 hours riding and 95 miles we arrived at Trentham Gardens Premier Inn exhausted…bath, dinner and bed… not much conversation…mind you messages of support and good wishes and all the while donations coming in …big smiles all round..

Friday 3rd May – Day 3 – Trentham Gardens to Rhuddlan, Rhyl

Fare to say neither of us wanted to get out of bed today but onwards and a two-hour push before breakfast just outside Talke…oh look Dad a towpath, haven’t seen many of them… yet..

Stoke on Trent to Chester via Nantwich, Tiverton…pretty much towpath all the way and to be honest some of the more remote ones left a bit to be desired.. ooooohhh our poor backsides..lunch in Chester and then onto the Chester Millennium Greenway a very comfortable ride to Connahs Quay and the border with Wales…pretty much on the coast now picking up the Wales Coastal Path… to Flint, Bagillt, Greenfield before cutting off the Prestatyn Corner, going up and over to Rhuddlan… day three done…. 78 miles… lots of chocolate … oh and bath dinner and bed.. hahaha..

Saturday 4th May – Day 4 – Rhuddlan, Rhyl to Holyhead

Bright and early down from Rhuddlan to Rhyl picking up National Cycle routes 5 and 8.. STUNNING….SIMPLY STUNNING… a lovely coastal path from Rhyl to Colwyn Bay… the pictures speak for themselves

Left the coastal path at Colwyn Bay to cut off the peninsular stopping at Sarah’s Cafe in Llandudno Junction….best breakfast of the trip and Sarah,Neil and the customers lovely to meet…from LJ stunning views of Snowdonia National Park

Onwards to Conwy

Leaving the coast again to miss the Menai Strait following minor roads to Bangor,

Lunch and over the Menai Suspension Bridge and on to Anglesey… RE-NAMED by Matthew as the ‘Island of Undulation’…. lunch from a roadside Petrol Station-Nisa, a tow path and 18 miles of minor and i mean minor roads and we arrived in Holy Head at the brand new Premier Inn, baths dinner and a celebratory drink….63 miles …day 4 done and the back of the cycle broken…

Sunday 5th May – Day 5 – Holyhead to Dublin

With 310 miles in the bag, the 1.3 mile cycle downhill to the Ferry Port seemed like a dream…8.55 sailing with Stena Line, bikes handed to the safe keeping of the staff and weather set fair for a very smooth crossing 3 hours relaxing and a well earned rest… 12.15 on time in Dublin Port and ‘Tera Hibernian’…as one of my extended family put in a very welcome message of support….a lovely welcome from our Dublin Family..

Apparently, my godson felt the rubber rings may come in handy…. Come on Matt….. 5 miles to the Barge on the canal

And………….. two very welcome

Not quite the end…..11 miles to my better halfs house and we were done…. day five 17 miles… lovely…

Total mileage 327…. sore bums and legs…VERY SORE AND NUMB HANDS…but what a trip and all for the very special charities we chose to support ISABEL HOSPICE and MATTHEW’S FRIENDS

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all of you who have supported us so far, your messages and comments during the trip were all at times that made it possible to carry on..thank
you…. for those of you who may still wish to donate

https://www.justgiving.com/teams/GaryMatt637

Best Regards
GARY AND MATT