MUS supports Ride to Rio challenge to raise thousands of pounds for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
MUS Contract Manager Mike West is to form part of a six-strong team set to cycle over 3,000 miles from the UK to Brazil in tribute to the late amateur athlete Jane Tomlinson CBE. Morrison Utility Services will lend additional support as an official sponsor of the challenge team.
The challenge aims to raise thousands of pounds for the Appeal to carry on Jane’s legacy, supporting children’s and cancer services across the country.
Mike will ride alongside Jane’s husband Mike Tomlinson, TV presenter Charlie Webster and ex-rugby league professionals Keith Senior and Paul Highton, and Darren Clark.
The team will set off from London on June 27 and will cycle an average of 90 miles per day over six weeks to arrive at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on August 4.
The team – joined by supporters at sections along the way - will pedal from London’s Olympic Stadium to Portsmouth. After landing in Le Havre in France, they will then take on 1,231 miles of testing terrain to Lisbon. From Lisbon, the team flies to Recife in the north east of Brazil before venturing along the 1,600 mile coast road to Rio de Janeiro.
The challenge marks the 10th anniversary of Jane Tomlinson’s remarkable 4,200-mile ‘Ride across America’, which was to be her final challenge before her death from cancer aged just 43. The money raised helped to fund the launch of the Leeds 10K – part of her lasting fundraising legacy – which has brought in more than £4m for charities since her death.
Mike Tomlinson said: “On the 29th June 2006, Jane set off to cycle across the USA at a time when she knew her cancer was aggressive and in its final stage. Her success was testament to her incredible mental strength.
“The Appeal, and we as a family, wanted to mark this milestone in a special way. As Jane was an ambassador for the 2012 London Olympics bid, it seemed appropriate to celebrate her life by cycling to Rio.
“Hopefully, the challenge will help us raise some money, but we also hope that by reminding people about Jane’s journey, it will inspire other people – and show just what can be possible with courage and determination.”
Mike West comments: “The Ride to Rio is going to prove quite a challenge as we will be dealing with differing weather conditions, often difficult terrain and some large cities to negotiate. You’re never really sure how your body will cope with the demands you are going to face but I’m looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get going. The timing of the ride should ensure that we benefit from maximum exposure and help to raise significant funds for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and connected charities.”
Morrison Utility Services Executive Director John Edwards adds: “Mike has already been training extremely hard to prepare for what will be a formidable challenge and we are extremely proud to support the team as a key sponsor. It will be an incredible experience for what is a fantastic cause and on behalf of Morrison Utility Services I would like to wish everyone on the challenge team well.”
To support the team go to https://www.justgiving.com/RidetoRio or text JRTR70 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.
For more information about the challenge and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal go to www.janetomlinsonappeal.com
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