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.


Four riders cycled about 100 miles a day for 10 days to complete the whole JOGLE16 – John O’Groats to Land’s End – mission from July 2-12, one rider completed four days, while a further eight rose to the challenge of completing a three-day trek from Basingstoke to the Cornwall landmark.


And as well as achieving a great personal goal, the amazing team effort has so far raised £47,700 for Ark Cancer Centre Charity – well over double the original £20,000 goal.


The charity’s £5million appeal is helping to fund a unique local cancer treatment centre that will be built in the Basingstoke area


JOGLE16 started out as a Bucket List challenge for friends and local businessmen Craig Killick, Gary Livingstone, and Rob Jones – and these three, together with Rob’s brother Bernie Jones, achieved their ambitious aim of completing the whole ride.


Family and friends were at Land’s End on July 12 to welcome the jubilant 12 cyclists who arrived at the end of the demanding, emotional and exhausting journey.


Craig said: “There was a massive sense of relief when we arrived at Land’s End. It is an amazing individual and team achievement, and it will take some time for it all to sink in.


“I am overjoyed that we have done this. It was very tough for all of us, whichever part of the journey each person took part in. We are delighted to have achieved our goal and are so grateful for the great support that has resulted in the team raising more than double the £20,000 target that we had hoped to collect for such a good cause.”


Completing the whole journey was a particularly massive personal achievement for the fab four. And for Bernie, from Chester, reaching Land’s End was the end of an incredible road to recovery after he was struck down by bacterial meningitis just five months ago.


Graeme Bone, one of three riders from Beaufort Asset Management Group, completed four of the first seven-day legs. His colleagues Mark Dolby and Andy Coles, as well as fellow riders Claire Killick, Anna O’Shea Collier, Laura Griffin, Simon Finch and brothers Barry and Ian Fuller all showed true grit in completing the Basingstoke to Land’s End three-day challenge.


All of the riders paid their way to take part in JOGLE16 to help maximise the amount of money that will go to the charity, and additional funding, and other support, came from a wide range of local companies, sponsors and supporters.


Craig said: “The JOGLE16 team have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from local companies, individual supporters, volunteer helpers, and people on the journey.


“Some very welcome match-funding has come from Greenham Common Trust, which is supporting the charity through its ‘findmeagrant’ funding programme.


“We are also particularly grateful to Tony Wilkin and his company OB&M Ltd (Builders) for supporting JOGLE16 as the main event sponsor.”


One of the highlights of JOGLE16 was a special party that took place at The Tea Bar, in London Street, on the evening of July 8 after the first five riders arrived in Basingstoke. The evening, which featured a raffle, boosted the event coffers by more than £2,000.


Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, was a support driver for the whole of the JOGLE16 journey, and was joined on the three-day leg by Kevin Croombs, group accountant with Basingstoke-based Champion Group.


Mark said: “It was a privilege and honour to accompany the JOGLE16 riders on this journey. All of the cyclists put in an incredible amount of time, money and hard work in preparing for, and taking part in, this marathon challenge.


“Ark Cancer Centre Charity is grateful to these fabulous fundraisers, as well as the companies and individuals who have given generously by supporting and sponsoring the super cyclists.”