On New Year’s Day 2011, Sian Belfield, Emily Morissey and Kate Ryley decided this was the year for a challenge. What started as a slightly hungover New Year’s pact has quickly evolved into a big event with increasing momentum. Now the three ladies are about to embark on the ride of their summer, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Cycling over 900miles and up to 90miles a day, they will be pushing themselves to the limit for Mountain Rescue England and Wales.
All three cyclists are involved with Adventure Eyes, a recently launched provider of online outdoor adventure publications who also help to raise funds and awareness for related charities and events. Using the cycling challenge to raise funds for Mountain Rescue seemed to make perfect sense, as Kate Ryley, from Adventure Eyes said, “we have chosen Mountain Rescue England and Wales, because as outdoor people ourselves we know that these are the unsung heroes we all hope will be there if our adventures go wrong!”.
Louise Ansell, Co-developer of Adventure Eyes and Support Driver for the Monster Ride added, “the Mountain Rescue teams are there for the walkers, the climbers, the bikers, the runners, the gliders, the riders, the paddlers and even the fishermen! The experts, the novices, the groups, the soloists – they’re on stand by for all…24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, and they do it voluntarily. Working with Dartmoor Cycles, the Monster Ride seemed the perfect opportunity to do what we could to help to raise funds and awareness for this vital rescue service.”
So far the training has been going well and although nerves are running high, the girls are now keen to get underway. They depart Land’s End on Monday 8th August and will peddling their way up the country from there. Do show your support if you see them riding past and of course if you’re feeling generous, donations of any size will be much appreciated! Updates on progress will also be available on the Adventure Eyes Blog.
Depart Land’s End: 08.08.11
Arrive John O’Groats: 21.08.11
Dartmoor Cycles is a cycling shop based in Tavistock, Devon. Additional information is available at: www.dartmoorcycles.co.uk Contact: Shop Manager, Derek Heelis Tel: 01822 618178
Adventure Eyes is a provider of quality information about Outdoor Adventures in the UK and beyond. Cycling, climbing, surfing, walking, paddling and more form the focus of an interactive adventure search and a range of adventure information publications. Adventure Eyes launched in February 2011 and their publications, supporters and followers are developing rapidly. Additional Information is available at: adventure-eyes.com and at the Adventure Eyes Blog: adventure-eyes.blogspot.com
Mountain Rescue England and Wales
The mountain and cave rescue service in the UK is the responsibility of the police, under their obligation to ‘protect life and property’. Teams – and the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) – are called out through the 999 system, and work with the police, ambulance or fire service according to the nature of the incident. They frequently work with the RAF Search & Rescue (RAF SAR) and increasingly with the various air ambulances.
Additional information can be found at: www.mountain.rescue.org.uk
Photos and interviews can be arranged en route with the cyclists and/or the support team. Additional photos and logos can also be supplied.
Name: Louise Ansell