Eine Grosse Nacht celebrates Arkriders success story

They've raised a very big sum of money, so it was fitting that Eine Grosse Nacht (One Big Night) was the name of a fun evening that celebrated the Arkriders amazing success story.

The German-themed night at The Irish Centre, in Basingstoke, celebrated the amazing efforts of the Arkriders Class of 2019, who raised over £55,000 by cycling 500 miles in five days from Basingstoke to Cologne on the Arkriders Twin Towns Tour, and also the achievements of everyone who has been involved in the Arkriders campaign since 2016, and has helped to raise over £270,000.

In the last three years, the Arkriders – a group of cycling fundraisers whose collective number totals more than 50 riders – have piled on the pedal power from John O’Groats to Land’s End, London to Brighton, Basingstoke to Paris, and Basingstoke to Bournemouth and back, as well as organising a fundraising charity dinner.

On the 2017 Ark to Arc ride, the Arkriders passed through Basingstoke’s twin town Alencon on the way to Paris – and in July, the Class of 2019 visited Basingstoke’s other twin towns of Braine L’Alleud, in Belgium, and Euskirchen, in Germany, as they cycled through five countries in five days.

At Eine Grosse Nacht, Arkriders past, present, and hopefully future, were joined by representatives from some of the companies and organisations that have provided crucial support on one or more of the rides, including Arkriders Twin Towns Tour headline gold sponsor MiniTec and silver sponsors Display Manager, LMW, Rotary Basingstoke Deane, Sixth Sense Business, Unum, and Apollo Hotel.

Lederhosen was the order of the day (well, for some people at least) as the gathering were entertained by The Bierkeller Boys oompah band, and a well-supported raffle, with prizes generously provided by companies and individual supporters, raised £1,000.

Arkriders founder members Craig Killick and Mark Dolby, director of Beaufort Financial (Reading) who came up with the idea for the Arkriders Twin Tours Challenge, gave speeches and thanked everyone for their fabulous support, as did Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Craig announced that plans are in the pipeline for another Arkriders challenge in 2020 and it is hoped that new recruits will join Arkrider veterans on this next adventure.

Picture: Arkriders and supporters pictured at Eine Grosse Nacht