1,000 mile charity challenge

27th August 2015

Two Guildford men are taking on a ‘daunting but exciting’ 1,000 mile charity challenge for us to cycle across Britain in just nine days


Matthew Toye
Matthew Toye, 44, and Mark Powell, 43, will be pedalling from Land’s End to John o’Groats to raise awareness of meningitis and funds to help us fight the disease.

“Poppy, Mark’s wife’s goddaughter, survived a severe case of meningitis as a young baby, but is still living with the after-effects and requires frequent operations."

“Meningitis Now has been a fantastic help to the family throughout their ordeal and this is just our way of supporting them and giving something back.”

Matthew Toye

Increase speed and endurance

The two cyclists will set out from Land’s End as part of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain challenge on Saturday 5 September and arrive in John o’Groats just nine days later, after 960 miles in the saddle.

The route climbs a total of 47,000 feet, averaging 5,200 feet each day – more than the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, which is 4,400 ft. 

Determined to complete it

“Neither of us are what you would call naturally gifted cyclists, but we’ve been training for the last year, going out in all weathers as we try to increase our speed and endurance."

“We won’t know until we cross the start line if we’ve done enough training but we’re determined to complete this challenge.”

Matthew Toye

To support their efforts visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ESRR

Our founder Steve Dayman MBE, who launched the UK’s meningitis movement after losing his baby Spencer to the disease in 1982, said:

“We’re really grateful to Matthew and Mark for their efforts and wish them well with their epic cycling challenge.”

Fancy your own cycling challenge? Why not try Ride London? 

Cycle 100 miles though England’s capital and the beautiful country roads of Surrey as part of a world-class event. 

Find out more here