On Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25, 24 volunteer cyclists raised £854 for two charities by taking part in a cyclathon outside the Students’ Union. They cycled in pairs for two for two shifts from 9am on Wednesday to 9am on Thursday. Its aim was to raise awareness of the Newcastle University Coast to Coast charity bike ride in March as well as raising money for Hospice Africa and The Anthony Nolan Trust. They were also helped by a few volunteers from Newcastle Marrow (the student branch of Anthony Nolan) who came along to shake buckets.
Newcastle University Coast to Coast will cycle 140 miles from Whitehaven to Tynemouth on 12 and 13 March 2016 in order to raise money for Hospice Africa and The Anthony Nolan Trust.
Louisa Murray, Coast to Coast secretary who participated in the rides in 2014 and in 2015, said: “In order to take part in the ride in March participants will need a hybrid or a road bike (the route is not suitable for mountain bikes and they will not be allowed). Apart from that not much specialist equipment is needed - although some padded cycling shorts/trousers are advised! We’ll be sending out a kit list nearer to the event, and people are encouraged to get in contact with us if they need any advice.
“As the ride is taking place in March it probably will be quite cold - in previous years we’ve experienced nearly all weather imaginable, but it’s all part of the fun and as long as you have lots of warm layers it’ll be fine,” Louisa Murray added. “We’ll also have minibuses for people to warm up in during breaks if necessary! There will be regular short breaks throughout the day, and a proper lunch stop where everyone will meet up. However if you’ve been to our training rides and spinning sessions you should be able to keep going throughout the day with no issues!”
They have been running spinning classes in the Sports Centre on Thursdays this term. Their plan for next year is to start training rides on Saturdays as a preparation for the charity bike ride in March. Different ability groups will be heading out on the rides so that everyone will be able to go at their own pace.
If you want to take part, you can sign up as a volunteer cyclist or a helper with driving and providing support for the cyclists as long as you become a member of the society.