23 September 2021
Are you a keen cyclist? Do you want a challenge to aim for and achieve? Has the Trust had an impact on you or your family and you want to give something back? Or are you simply motivated to do something amazing to inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer?
If the answer is 'Yes' to any of these then join us for our Largs to Cowes 'Brighter Futures' Cycle Challenge next June!
Having first run this event in 2019, a team of up to 20 riders will once again take on this incredible challenge to cycle 600 miles (965 kilometres) between the Trust’s bases in Largs on Scotland’s West Coast to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. And you could be one of them!
Robert Brown, Fundraising and Events Coordinator, said: "Largs and East Cowes are special places for everyone associated with the Trust, and being at the opposite ends of the country they provide the perfect route for any major fundraising challenge event.
"Our event partners, pie, have mapped out a fantastic route, starting on the stunning Scottish west coast before tackling the daunting ascents of the Lake District and taking in the beauty of towns like Ironbridge, Ross-on-Wye and Wells. And it all finishes in the festival atmosphere of Cowes, at the start of Round the Island Race weekend, where the cyclists will be welcomed back by young people who are taking part in the iconic yacht race with the Trust."
Nothing would be more powerful than young people who have been supported by the Trust taking on this 'Brighter Futures Cycle Challenge'.
So, thanks to the support of event sponsors, Medical Support Offshore (MSOS), we are able to offer TWO heavily subsidised places for those aged 18 and over who have sailed with the Trust after treatment. If you're interested visit our Largs to Cowes 'Brighter Futures' Cycle Challenge event page to find out more.
Mark Stevens first sailed with the Trust in 2009, after three years’ intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Ten years later, he completed the first Largs to Cowes Charity Cycle Challenge.
Mark said: "Having the chance to undertake a physical challenge I knew would be both enjoyable and gruelling in equal measure was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.
"There were almost too many stand-out moments to remember. It was such a wonderful way to travel the length of the country and experience the changing landscape from the saddle of a bicycle; it really allows you to breathe it all in and absorb the nature and geography.
"I had the strange hope for the ride to be hard. I generally believe getting out of your comfort-zone is important and rewarding. Largs to Cowes certainly didn't disappoint. It was a 1,000km of aching calves, sore backside and chaffed thighs! This made it all the more fulfilling to cross the finish line in Cowes. I also completed my personal goal of not getting off to walk at any point. Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District really tested my determination on this front!
"The Trust was a huge part of that recovery, and 14 years on from my diagnosis, I realise this more than ever. To know the funds raised from my efforts would contribute directly to more young-people like myself being able to benefit from the Trust and believe in a brighter future during their recovery from cancer, was the core motivation to keep me pedalling."
The 2019 Largs To Cowes Charity Cycle Challenge raised almost £42,500, enabling more than 70 young people living through and beyond cancer to benefit from a four-day Trust sailing adventure.