This Year's Ride
This year’s Big Pompey Ride event is York2Pompey, which takes place from April 29 to May 2, 2015, from York City FC back to Fratton Park - another gruelling 300-odd miles but this year there will be 31 riders taking part.
Our departure point was set by the fixture list - we wanted to cycle from the ground of whichever team was playing Pompey for the final home game of the season, and be back at Fratton Park in time for kick-off.
Who we're supporting
About Big Pompey Ride...
This began as a one-off 300-mile cycle ride to raise money for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust to buy shares in Portsmouth Football Club, thereby increasing the percentage of the club in fan ownership.
However, a story came to light in the local paper about young Jack Robinson, a youngster from the Portsmouth area with a terminal brain tumour. His parents wanted to try and pay for him to do everything on his bucket list, and young Jack’s story inspired hundreds of people to raise money for him to do just that - including meeting Gary Barlow.
The Ride2Bury team very quickly decided to ride to raise money for him too, but sadly he died before the ride, in April 2014, went ahead. The team ended up raising more than £20,000 on their ride, cycling with their Fight For Jack wristbands the entire way. Their funds have been donated to a number of facilities which helped Jack and his parents, and toys and electrical items were donated to the ward at Southampton General Hospital where he was treated.
The ride was gruelling but great fun, so the core team decided to make it an annual fundraising event under the banner of Big Pompey Ride, with the charities benefitting from our efforts changing every year.