Solihull to Dublin Cycle for West Midlands Hospice 2017

Information

Event type
Hospices, Cycling, Overseas
Date

Minimum fundraising
£1,650
Registration fee
£200
Contact
0845 052 4184
events@mariecurie.org.uk
Location
England to Ireland

Starting at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull, join the team cycling through England, Wales and Ireland. 

This 6 day trip with 5 days cycling will take you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Republic of Ireland to celebrate in its vibrant capital city, Dublin.


Why cycle with Marie Curie?

By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. When you join us you will benefit from:

  • Training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for the big challenge
  • Lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack. If you’re keen to get started with your fundraising right away, check these ideas out. 
  • Access to a local community fundraiser who will advise you and help you smash your target
  • Two Marie Curie representatives who will cycle the entire journey, join you on a training day and organise a post-cycle reunion
  • A brightly coloured Marie Curie cycle jersey
  • Want to know what a Marie Curie cycle is really like? Mark completed our 411 mile Niagara Falls to New York Cycle Challenge this September and shared a daily diary of why he loved his experience on the road. Read Mark's blog.

Sport Ecosse

This challenge is organised through Sport Ecosse. Sport Ecosse was set up in 2008 by Kevin Gerrie. With over 20 years of event management experience, Sport Ecosse organise highly professional and tailored cycling challenges in some of the world’s best landscapes. 


Who can take part?

You must be 18 years old or over to take part. The group size will be approximately 25-35 with people of all ages from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.

How fit do I have to be?

This is a strenuous challenge and you will need to train hard to succeed. All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure.

Will I need specialist kit?

We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.

What is not included in the package?

  • Registration fee
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Single room upgrade
  • Spare bike parts

What food and drink will there be?

All meals are provided on the challenge and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes along with cereals, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs, plus some meat. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Feel free to bring a few of your favourite snacks too. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.

How will I be supported?

Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other participants and hear more about the challenge.

During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a qualified first aiders and a cycle leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Your luggage is transported by vehicle to each night’s accommodation.

Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?

We ask you to raise a minimum of £1650. A minimum of £1100* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.

What will the weather be like?

In September in the UK, it is very difficult to predict what the weather will be like. For this reason we ask that you plan for both wet and windy weather but also for the possibility of warm weather.

What’s the accommodation like?

Good quality hotel accommodation throughout on twin share basis.

Can I extend my stay?

Anyone wanting to stay on after the cycle can arrange to do so by contacting Sport Ecosse at a cost and subject to availability.

* Based on minimum participant numbers

Itinerary

Day 1

Solihull to Hereford - 62 miles

After meeting and registration at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull we make our way through the West Midlands, towards the historic city of Worcester, and onto the Welsh border town of Hereford.

Day 2

Hereford to Carmarthen - 82 miles

We quickly pass across the border from England into Wales where we will cycle for the next two days. This is the longest days cycling although we have some great countryside to enjoy as we move west, round the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Day 3

Carmarthen to Fishguard – 40 miles

We have an early start this day as although it is a shorter mileage we need to reach the harbour port of Fishguard to catch a mid-afternoon ferry across to Ireland. The cycle route includes taking in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. We arrive in Rosslare early evening in readiness to start the Irish part of our cycle the following morning.

Day 4

Rosslare to Arklow – 50 miles

We move north today, taking in the delights of the east coast of Ireland. Largely on quiet country roads we are able to enjoy the green Irish countryside at its best.

Day 5

Arklow to Dublin – 52 miles

We continue to move north and still get to enjoy some coastal sights as we approach Dublin. It is a fairly early arrival to fully enjoy the delights of the Irish capital. This includes a celebration evening meal.

Day 6

Dublin to Solihull

We return to Solihull via flights to Birmingham Airport.

 

Sorry, online registration is no longer available for this event. If you are still interested in cycling for Marie Curie, take a look at our Burma Cycle in November 2018.

For more information, please contact us on events@mariecurie.org.uk or call us on 0845 052 4184.

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