On 24th July, Dr Mark Warren set off from Bredon to cycle 1,173 miles to raise funds for Event Mobility – a Pershore-based charity that loans mobility scooters and wheelchairs at nationwide events.
In what is the biggest challenge yet for the amateur cyclist, Mark is covering over 100 miles a day, back-to-back, with the aim of reaching John O'Groats within 11 days. By choosing to ride north, he has the extra challenge of tackling over 60,000ft of cumulative elevation as he negotiates multiple ascents and descents. Aiming to arrive at the most northerly point in the UK on 3rd August, Mark plans to raise over £5,000 for Event Mobility with the help of TGA.
"People have said to me that this challenge is like asking a runner to do back-to-back marathons for 11 days,” says Mark of the gruelling challenge. “Hence I have been putting some serious training so that I have the strength and stamina to successfully complete the distance on my Tifosi road bike.
“I'll be collecting donations as I go but I would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Event Mobility Just Giving Page. Whatever can be spared will help Event Mobility continue to meet the growing demand for independent mobility."
Event Mobility is a charity which provides access to shows and events for disabled, elderly and mobility impaired people through the short-term loan of electric scooters and manual wheelchairs. Providing a fleet of 300 mobility scooters and 100 manual wheelchairs for well-known events such as The British Grand Prix, The Ryder Cup and Glastonbury, the majority of scooters available are supplied by TGA, including the Breeze S4.
“I was looking to raise funds for a smaller charity that still had a national impact,” Mark says of his charity choice. “With its local connections to me Event Mobility was the perfect choice. Their small team do an amazing job and deserve a boost, especially as they continue to push the boundaries of mobility. I see the work they do first hand and the huge difference it makes, without their services so many events would not be accessible for all.
“My end-to-end challenge aims to give the charity an injection of investment so they can expand their scooter fleet and provide independence to even more event and festival goers."
Mark is being supported by his family in a motorhome and are meeting him at the end of each daily stage so that he can prepare for the next 100 miles. Having left Land's End at 8am on day one, Mark's itinerary includes: Churchtown, Dulverton, Berkeley, Bridgnorth, Bury, Kings Meaburn, Abingdon, Strathyre, Aviemore, Lairg and concluding at John O'Groats.
Donations can be placed at: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/event-mobility/landsendcycle2018