Cycling from Durness to Dungeness, via as many Nesses as I can find along the way, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
In June 2023, I shall be riding from Durness in NW Scotland to Dungeness in SE England in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The ride is approximately 1400 kilometres (870 miles) and will involve over 6400m (21,000 feet) of ascent.
I’m Pete Hawkins, a 61-year-old grandfather to five. I took up cycling six years ago after my knee told me I couldn’t run again. Last year, I cycled from Cork in Ireland back home to the Peak District in memory of a friend and raised over £4500 for a local charity. That experience didn’t put me off, and so The Great Ness Ride was born.
Along the route, I plan to take in as many Nesses as possible, Inverness, Loch Ness, Bo’Ness, Crossness… the list will grow.
Doubtless a great quote from Ch de G, but as I’ve spent my life teaching people to navigate, I hope to do The Great Ness Ride with a little more certainty.
Why Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
Everyone has heard of, and admired, the campaigning work of Rob Burrow and the now sadly late, Doddie Weir but up and down the UK there are up to 5,000 adults living with MND.
There is a 1 in 300 risk of getting MND across a lifetime, and it can affect adults of any age, although it is more likely to affect people over 50. MND is a cruel and unforgiving illness. Everyone needs your support to raise the profile of MND and help to fund life-saving research into the disease.
With your help, we can make a difference
Tony Hams, much loved and missed husband and father. ‘Daddy’ to 4 Irish Setters in his lifetime with whom he walked hundreds, perhaps thousands, of miles. Participated in various sports all his life. Always fit and healthy.
Became unwell during lockdown. Unusually fatigued and suffering with what we thought was an Achilles injury. Unable to see a GP face to face he struggled on until finally getting an appointment in July 2121. Immediately referred to a neurologist but never made the appointment. Suffered a respiratory collapse in September 2021 and spent the next 5 and a half months in various hospitals on a ventilator. Passed away in our local hospice on 28th February 2022.
MND is a devastating disease, both for the sufferer and their loved ones. Please help in the quest to find a cure.
David Ellis, a loving father, grandfather and brother, full of life and so fit and healthy. A keen walker, golfer and tennis player.
He was diagnosed with MND in March 2020 at the start of the Covid lockdown, a total shock made harder by not being able to spend time, and make memories, with his loved ones due to lockdown.
He was amazingly strong, determined and positive but sadly lost the battle in August 2021.
Individual sponsors are fantastic, thank you, but if you’re part of a larger organisation or business, then please urge them to make a corporate donation.
Corporate help can come in many ways. Shirt sponsors, equipment sponsors, accommodation sponsors (covering the costs of overnight stays, where I can’t sleep on friends’ sofas).
If you can help, please email me on email@example.com.