JOGLE16 riders ready to pile on the miles

They are an intrepid team of cycling fundraisers on a mission – to raise at least £20,000 to help fund a unique local cancer treatment centre in the Basingstoke area.

 

Five of the riders will be piling on the pedal power between John O’Groats and Land’s End – nearly1,000 miles – for JOGLE16 from July 2-12, while a further eight will join them for a three-day leg from Basingstoke to the Cornwall landmark.

 

The trek started out as a Bucket List challenge for friends and local businessmen Craig Killick, Gary Livingstone, and Rob Jones.

 

Craig said: “We soon decided that if we were going to be crazy enough to ride the length of the country, we may as well also do it for a good cause – so we will be raising money towards Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5million appeal which is helping to fund a unique local cancer treatment centre in the Basingstoke area.

 

“Cancer touches so many families, and all of us taking part in JOGLE16 want to do something to help make this much-needed centre a reality.”

 

The three friends will be joined on the full ride by Rob’s brother Bernie, from Chester. He has made an amazing recovery after being struck down by bacterial meningitis just three months ago, and is back in the saddle, raring to go.

 

The fifth member of the whole-journey team is Graeme Bone. Graeme was one of the Beaufort Asset Management Group runners who raised money for the charity at last year’s Destination Basingstoke Half-Marathon.

 

Joining the five for the three-day Basingstoke to Land’s End leg from July 10-12 will be Graeme’s colleagues Mark Dolby and Andy Coles, as well as Claire Killick, Anna O’Shea Collier, Laura Griffin, Simon Finch, and brothers Barry and Ian Fuller.

 

All of the riders are paying 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 has also come from a wide range of local companies, sponsors and supporters.

 

Craig said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received so far from local companies and supporters, and we are particularly grateful to Tony Wilkin and his company OB&M (Builders) Ltd for coming on board as the main event sponsor.

 

“The valuable backing of the sponsors who are supporting JOGLE16 is acknowledged on the event website – jogle16.co.uk – and this is also where anyone can read more about the whole event, the riders, and sponsor any of the individual cyclists.

 

“We still have a long way to go to achieve our fundraising target, but we are sure that more support will come in as the start date draws near.”

 

One of the key dates of the charity challenge will be Friday, July 8 when the five riders come into Basingstoke, and a special party is being held that evening at The Tea Bar, in London Street. Details of how to get tickets to this event are also on the website.

 

Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, will be driving a support vehicle for JOGLE16. Kevin Croombs, group accountant for the Champion Group, has volunteered to drive a second vehicle for the three-day leg.

 

Mark said: “The JOGLE16 riders are putting in an awesome 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 people who are sponsoring them and supporting this important event.”

 

 

Picture caption:

 

Some of the JOGLE16 riders at Basingstoke’s War Memorial Park before a training ride. Mark Jones, director of fundraising and communications at Ark Cancer Centre Charity, is pictured left.