Charity Cycling Challenge

19 June 2013

Charity Cycling Challenge

KYOCERA partner SOS Group takes on Jurys Inn Charity Challenge 2013

Some 200 cyclists will be cycling a total of 2013 miles on the longest day, Friday 21st June 2013 as part of the Jurys Inn Charity Challenge 2013 in aid of the DePaul UK Charity which helps young people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged to progress with their lives and fulfil their potential.

The mileage will be covered by teams from each Jurys Inn hotel cycling to the Jurys Inn in the next city covering all 32 hotels. The aim is to raise £50,000 for charity and cyclists will be able to cycle to their ability – from 1 mile to 160 miles.

KYOCERA partner John Behan of SOS Group is kept fit with his football referring duties each week but has been upping the ante in preparation for the Cycling Challenge. He says: “I’m training six days a week with two boot-camp sessions and four cycle rides on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. I’m doing really well, I got in 44 miles on Saturday and then 67 on Sunday. I’ll just be looking forward to a well deserved rest when we’re finished.”

“We’d like to do well in terms of fund-raising and I’d like to think our efforts will generate over £1,000 for such a deserving cause. Really we’re trying to appeal to everyone’s better nature and I think the thought of us in very figure-hugging outfits will spur our sponsors on to be generous!”

John is cycling over 100 miles in the Gateshead to Leeds leg with his colleague Gareth and KYOCERA’s Alan Campbell. They plan to set off from Jurys Inn in Gateshead and make for Darlington (34 miles) along the A167 which should take them 3.5 hours. The next 33 mile leg sees the intrepid cyclists continue along the A167 then the A61 to Ripon, while the final 30 mile leg is back on the A61 into Leeds.

The eight-strong SOS Group team will set off at 5.30am and are prepared to spend at least 11 hours in the saddle. If you’d like to support them in their efforts please visit We’ll have pictures and updates on the day! 

How the fundraising will help DePaul UK...
£5 could pay for a travel card for a young person to attend an appointment.
£15 could pay a volunteer’s expenses for one night’s Nightstop emergency accommodation.
£50 could for a week’s cookery course led by a volunteer in one of our hostels.
£200 could pay for a basic start- up kit for a young person about to be resettled in their own home.
£750 could refurbish and equip a room in one of our hostels.
£2000 could pay the gas bill or cleaning costs for one of our projects.

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