From Saturday 8th September to Sunday 16th September 2018 I am riding
my bike from Land's End to John O'Groats. A total of 980 miles in 9
I am doing this to raise money to restore the church bells in my
village of Leigh on Mendip in Somerset. The bells of St Giles church
Leigh on Mendip were last rehung in 1910, over 100 years ago. While
the bells are still ringable (and we have an active band of ringers in
the village) in order to keep them ringing for another hundred years
they need a major overhaul. For more details about the bells and our
project have a look at our Leigh on Mendip Bells
page or download our
I am going as part of the Deloitte Ride Across
Britain. I will be paying for
the cost of the trip myself so all sponsorship money will go to our
Bell Restoration Fund.
How to sponsor me
If you would like to sponsor me on this ride you can either:
Use my on-line sponsorship form.
Download a sponsorship form,
complete it (and get your friends and colleagues to add to it too) and
send it back by email to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to
Julian Back, Roundhill Cottage, Tadhill, Leigh on Mendip, Somerset BA3
How to send your donation
You can either pay up front or if not I will contact you after the
ride to collect the money. There are a few different ways to send us
your sponsorship money:
Pay direct into our Bell Fund bank account. This account belongs
to the Leigh on Mendip PCC which is a charity and thus you can use
Gift Aid to increase the value of your donation, so please fill in a
Gift Aid form and send it to me
(or alternatively fill in the Gift Aid details on the on-line
sponsorship form). The
PCC Bell Fund account details are as follows. Sort code: 60-23-06
account number: 75210029. Please use the reference LEJOG when paying
into this account. If you would prefer to send a cheque please make
it out to "PCC of Leigh on Mendip with Downhead Bell Fund" and send it
to me at the address above.
You can also use our JustGiving
but if you do so not all the money will go to our cause as JustGiving
take 5% for administration and the card payment provider takes another
1% or 2%. Unfortunately this can only accept UK pounds.
You can pay into my Paypal
account. This can accept most
currencies so is the easiest way if you are outside the UK.
We have been quoted £29,772 to rehang and retune Leigh on Mendip bells.
This pie chart shows how much we have raised so far (including
promised grants and sponsorship).
So far over £1200 has been pledged in sponsorship money, in amounts
ranging from £5 to £150. I would like to thank everyone who has
sponsored me so far.
Please use my on-line sponsorship
form if you would like to
add to this number!
Following my progress
If you would like to follow my progress during the ride as long as the
technology is working I will be logging my ride on
Strava and I may also post the occasional update
to this website and on my Facebook
I will be passing through Somerset on the second day of the ride. We
will be going up Cheddar Gorge and staying overnight at Bath
University Sports Village. This is the complete route.
|Saturday 8th||1||Land’s End - Okehampton||105.6 mi||8,232ft||Okehampton
|Sunday 9th||2||Okehampton – Bath||110.4 mi||6,852ft||Bath
|Monday 10th||3||Bath – Ludlow||100.9 mi||5,948ft||Ludlow
|Tuesday 11th||4||Ludlow – Haydock||106.9 mi||3,133ft||Haydock
|Wednesday 12th||5||Haydock – Penrith||108.2 mi||5,273ft||Penrith
|Thursday 13th||6||Penrith – Edinburgh||114.4 mi||4,223ft||Edinburgh
|Friday 14th||7||Edinburgh– Strathdon||111.6 mi||7,294ft||Strathdon
|Saturday 15th||8||Strathdon – Kyle of Sutherland||118.8 mi||6,513ft||Kyle of Sutherland
|Sunday 16th||9||Kyle of Sutherland – John O’Groats||104.1 mi||4,541ft||John O’Groats
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