Arriving at Fratton Park

Thank you

At just after 1.30pm on Saturday, May 2, our riders turned the corner into Frogmore Road, arriving at Fratton Park after 300 miles and three-and-half days in the saddle to cheers from a crowd of well wishers.   You can see a video of the team being led in by Neil Hardcastle at The News’s […]

And we're off! Final day!

What a ride!

Wow! It’s the beginning of day four and we only have 40 miles until we get home! We also can’t quite believe we went to bed last night having smashed through the £30,000 – less than £2,000 for us to reach our target! It has been a fantastic three days so far, and though tired […]

What? Not more hills?

It’s been a real privilege, sitting in the Thunderbird 1 support minibus, watching our riders power up the hills of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire as if they’re nothing. But of course that’s not true. Those hills have been hard work for everyone and the toughest terrain that some of our team has ever tackled.   And […]

Quick Day 2 briefing: follow Andrew, he's got the map.

What a day!

Day one complete! As one of our van drivers, Vern, said on Twitter last night, we counted them all out and we counted them all back in again. It was a tough day for our 29 cyclists – they faced wind, hail, sun, more wind, then a hilly finish into Newark-upon-Trent. We may have misplaced […]

Getting ready for the off — the team at York City FC

Cheque us out! We’re off!

  For the first time this morning our team of riders suited up and got on their bikes. Our ride began at York City FC’s ground, Bootham Crescent, where we presented a cheque for £1,000 to the club and their chosen charity, Yorkshire Cancer Research. It was a fantastic start to the challenge, and we’d […]

We're here!

Made it!

It’s been a fairly long day but, despite van drivers Bob and Vern trying to carry on the M1 to Scotland, we’ve made it to York. It seems now is the right time to announce the York charity we’re raising money for: Yorkshire Cancer Research. This charity has been nominated by York City FC, and […]

The team in our fab Lucketts coach

And we’re off!

Well, this is it. The riders are all aboard our fantastic Lucketts Travel coach, and our bikes are on board the van loaned to us from Comserv, and we’re on the way to York! Huge thanks to everyone who waved us off this morning, and to The News and Express FM for featuring us today – we’ll […]

We're helping Pompey in the Community continue its good work

A marathon’s not part of the training, Tom

Yesterday, the ride’s main organiser, Tom Dearie, ran the London Marathon. We don’t recommend a 26.2-mile jaunt through London as an official part of the Big Pompey Ride training plan, but Tom had a very good reason to do it. Through Portsmouth Football Club and his work with the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, Tom met Bob […]

Kit Bags & Berets helps veterans with dementia

Take a minute to remember…

Remembering why we’re doing this ride is important. Not only does it keep us focussed on trying to raise as much money as possible, but it will also keep our legs turning when they’re burning. Some people struggle with their memories, to the point where they need the support of their loved-ones, carers and others […]


We dared to dream: another goal smashed

Are we astonished? Yes! Overwhelmed? Most definitely. Speechless? Not with Tom Dearie on the ride…! What we are, actually, is incredibly grateful and humbled by everyone’s generosity — last night we reached and surpassed £23,000 which, when the final pennies were counted after last year’s Ride2Bury challenge, was what we raised last year. We’ve been […]