Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
On 3 August 2015, Geoffrey Roper, from Turn2us’ Finance Department, rode the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey. Like many riders on that hot summer day, he opted for the shorter (just 84 mile!) route. Geoffrey, 75, undaunted by being one of the oldest riders, was met at the finish by his daughter Ludy Roper who captured this lovely shot of him with his medal.
It was great to ride with 25,000 on the London-Surrey 100 on a beautiful day in high summer. The rivers Thames, Wey and Mole make a lovely landscape and it's surprising how beautiful and tranquil the A25 between Abinger Hammer and Dorking and the A24 between Dorking and Leatherhead are with no traffic''.
Simon Pearce, a company director from Wolverhampton, also cycled the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey, completing the full 100 mile distance in 7 hours 14 minutes.
I enjoyed myself but it was hard work! I chose to ride for Turn2us as I suffered from a loss of financial stability, losing all my possessions and family for a time.
Having experienced what it is to have little, I just want to share what I have’’.
Simon is looking forward to cycling more for Turn2us and plans to do a couple more sportifs - and, for 2015, exceed 365 miles or a mile for every day of the year.
We are especially proud of both our cyclists who not only completed the Pru 100, but also took part in Nightrider in June as part of their preparation.
London Marathon 2016
Fabulous 5 set to raise over £9K in the 2016 London Marathon
We are hugely indebted to all our amazing runners for successfully completing the 2016 London Marathon. They are all Turn2us heroes! They’ve not only run 26.2 miles for us but raised thousands of pounds for Turn2us to help people in UK poverty. Well done to Mark Cowan from our Helpline in Glasgow, George Jones from Waterman, based in Hornchurch, Natasha Miller from Watford, David Sarich, a film maker from Atlanta, Georgia and Blaine Tulley from Dennis Publishing, based in London.
Running the London Marathon was amazing, super amazing as my kids would say. The support from people lining the streets for the whole route is a great, lasting memory. I don't mind telling you I cried a little at the end, a combination of tiredness, sense of achievement and the whole experience. If you are thinking about doing the London Marathon, do it. You won't regret it. Turn2us were really, really supportive and feeling that you are running for 'Team T2U' makes a real difference.
Massive thanks to Mark Cowan, our top fundraiser
Mark has truly put the 'fun' into his fundraising and done brilliantly to raise just over £2,400 for Turn2us. He's trained hard, lost loads of weight and really put himself out there on social media. Mark also went on to represent Turn2us in the Edinburgh Marathon in May 2016.
Quote from Mark:
London Marathon 2015
On 26 April, Hope Plumb, a musician and mother of 3 toddlers from Coleshill in Warwickshire, was proudly watched by husband David as she completed her first London Marathon. After battling bronchitis in the run up to the event, Hope found it tough at times, and at others, very emotional, especially when catching up with friends and family:
Despite everything... I LOVED it and am desperate to do it again in a better time next year!’’
Hope is continuing to support Turn2us and plans to organise a concert to raise even more funds for our work.
Peter from Oxted, Surrey, ran the London Marathon this year to mark what for him is a milestone year. He was proudly watched by wife and children as he completed in a brilliant time of 3 hours 54 minutes and 58 seconds!
Peter said afterwards:
Exhausted probably sums up how I'm feeling, but coupled with that a warm glow of satisfaction being able to look back on a real epic weekend.
London to Brighton Cycle
Roland, Vyona, Kathie and Simon
A big well done to Roland, Vyona, Kathie and Simon for cycling a full 54 miles to support Turn2us. We’ve heard whisperings that more than one of our cyclists had to give their bike ‘a little push’ up the steep Ditchling Beacon. However, seeing as the “Green Monster” is near the end of the journey and most people had become a kind of human jelly by then, we are simply massively impressed that they all reached the finish!
Congratulations to you all - we hope your arms and legs make a swift recovery!
Helen and Lucy raised over £1,300 in a tandem skydive. Despite Lucy’s terror of heights, the pair had a wonderful time, followed by a picnic with a crowd of friends and colleagues who came to support them.
Helen said of her leap of faith: “It was a once in a lifetime experience, absolutely amazing, I’d do it again tomorrow!”
Well done for your magnificent bravery Helen and Lucy!
Hooray to our magnificent sevens in the Vitality London 10k!
Our 2017 line-up saw our biggest running team to date - our magnificent team of seven were: Oscar Lagatta, Douglas Ogisi, Navin Sadarangani and Gabrielle Ravanelli all from Harvey Nicholls, Menno Faulkner from Positive and Zena Carter and Chris Smith from Turn2us. The team was further boosted by 7 more own place runners from Richmond Park and all 14 runners sported our striking new Turn2us running vests.
Menno Faulkner, running for Turn2us for the 2nd year running:
I'm still waiting for the official time but think my aging bones carried my post nuptial belly around this great 10K in under 50 minutes - happy with that. I'm delighted to have been able to run for this great cause."
Clay Pigeon Shoot and a lobster lunch!
We are amazed by the work of our Northumberland County Committee members who organised last year’s Clay Pigeon Shoot and Lobster Lunch event at Cheeseburn Grange, raising over £19,000!
Hats off to this dedicated group who know how to fundraise in style!