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The 2012 home Olympics, Paralympics and torch procession inspired Steve to take up another Sport in addition to sailing. Cycling was a fantastic one to choose in that it is easily accessible, can cater for a range of budgets and types of cycling and can be undertaken alone, with friends or family, or as part of an organised group or club.

Never to do things by half, Steve's challenge for 2013 is to do LEJOG ("Lands End to John O'Groats"). He is doing this with a friend, Robert, and they are hoping to raise £10,000 for Tynedale Hospice.

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LEJOG Gallery

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Thanks to our offline sponsors

Tynedale Hospice at Home Logo and Contact Details

Thanks to our offline sponsors

Not everyone is comfortable donating online and we much appreciate donations of all kinds. Although our JustGiving page records the total of offline and online sponsorship it does not directly acknowledge those sponsoring us by offline means such as cash or cheques. We therefore use this page to take the opportunity to say thank you to the following people:

Thanks to Henry Wright of Derbyshire

30th July 2013

Thanks to John Bakewell of Coast to Coast Kitchens

and Harveys Shoe Shop of Haltwhistle

15th July 2013

Thanks to John Prendiville near Bardon Mill

13th July 2013

Thanks to Polly Falk near Bardon Mill

13th July 2013

Thanks to Peter Slater of Warden

1st July 2013

Thanks to Phil Kaye of Longtown

24th June 2013

Thanks to Heather and David Buckingham of Bardon Mill

24th June 2013

Thanks to Julie Billington of Kielder Water Sailing Club

22nd June 2013

Thanks to Fellow cyclist Peter Holmes of Bardon Mill

21st June 2013

Thanks to John and Julie Gibbon of Redcar

19th June 2013

Thanks to Mrs Joan Marshall of Bardon Mill

19th June 2013

Thanks to Mr and Mrs Prins of Bardon Mill

19th June 2013

Thanks to Mr Turnbull

12th June 2013

Thanks to Chris and Hilary Tilley of Bishop's Lydeard

8th June 2013

Thanks to Keith and Anne Brunton of Bardon Mill

4th June 2013

Thanks to Michael and Dawn Smith of Bardon Mill Village Store

4th June 2013

Best wishes for the success of the Village Store

Thanks to Allan and Cheryl Willis

1st June 2013

Thanks to John Meacham

1st June 2013

Thanks to Michael Binks of Humshaugh

23rd May 2013

I popped into the Barbers today (in cycling gear) and was delighted to get both a haircut and a donation.

Thanks to Richies Barbers of Haltwhistle

9th May 2013

Donation by Beryl Dixon of Bardon Mill

9th May 2013

Donation by Collin Dickinson of Bardon Mill

3rd May 2013

Donation by Jean Gibbon (mum)

29th April 2013

Donation by Graham and Polly Shaw

21st April 2013

Donation by Emma Reid

18th April 2013

Donation by Malcolm Reid

18th April 2013

Donation by Brian and Jean Walters

17th April 2013

Donation by Micky MacGregor

15th April 2013

Donation by Heather and Jim Connolly

14th April 2013

Donation by Phillipa Collingwood

8th April 2013

Donation by Chris Amos

8th April 2013

Donation by David and Caroline Westgate

8th April 2013

Donation by Barbara Wilson of Canada

8th April 2013

Donation by Irenee and John Cowans formerly of Bardon Mill

5th April 2013

Donation by Barbara and David Darling of Ponteland

1st April 2013

Donation by Claire Grint of Cogito Books, Hexham

1st April 2013

Donation by Ian Knights

30 March 2013

Donation by Lorna Slater of Bardon Mill

29th March 2013

Donation by Maggie Birch

28 March 2013

Donation by Richard How

23rd March 2013

Donation by Adrian Bint

March 2013

Donation by Annie Harrison

March 2013

Donation by Matt and Lara Binks

March 2013

Donation by Jean Sell

March 2013

Donation by Alen and Theresa Ram

March 2013

Donation by Di Robison of Haltwhistle

February 2013

Donation by Hilary and Derek Robinson of Carlisle

Our first sponsors! January 2013

Cycling

Tynedale Hospice at Home Logo and Contact DetailsThe 2012 home Olympics, Paralympics and torch procession inspired Steve to take up another Sport in addition to sailing. Cycling was a fantastic one to choose in that it is easily accessible, can cater for a range of budgets and types of cycling and can be undertaken alone, with friends or family, or as part of an organised group or club.

Never to do things by half, Steve's challenge for 2013 is to do LEJOG ("Lands End to John O'Groats"). He is doing this with a friend, Robert, and they are hoping to raise £10,000 for Tynedale Hospice.

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LEJOG - The 1,001 Mile Bike Ride

What’s happening?

In June 2013 Robert Bluck and Steve Gibbon (combined age 121 years) will be cycling 1,001 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Tynedale Hospice at Home. *

They will be cycling for 16 days with two rest days, passing through Okehampton, Taunton, Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, Lancaster, Kendal, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Perth, and Inverness.

They are looking for both personal and commercial sponsors and hoping to raise £10,000 in all. This means raising £10 for every mile they ride! Please give whatever you can – you can even specify which mile or miles you would like to sponsor!

Why they’re doing it?

Both of them have a personal contact with the Hospice. Robert has been working as a volunteer for the last three years, supporting people whose loved ones have recently died. Steve came into contact with the Hospice through the tragic death of two friends: the Hospice provided support for the family at this difficult time.

Who are they?

Robert BluckRobert (the older bald one) is a Zen Buddhist, retired librarian and university tutor. He has been riding a bike for many years and has special cycling legs which still work when he gets tired. His current ambitions include cycling round Scotland and ignoring technological progress. Robert’s biggest worries are that Steve will (a) try to explain the technology to him and (b) get faster and overtake him.

Steve looking a little older than he does in the banner imageSteve (the younger one) has retired early from a career in information management, but finds it difficult to fit everything he wants to do into the week. He took up cycling after being inspired by the 2012 Olympics. He will be providing the communications technology to cover the event (Robert can barely use a mobile phone). Steve’s biggest worry is that he won’t be able to keep up with the older but fitter Robert.

They are both married but their wives have declined to drive the support vehicle at 12 mph for 1,001 miles. They are therefore undertaking this event unsupported and have organised all their accommodation en route, carrying their clothes and equipment on the bikes. Robert and Steve are paying all their own expenses for the event so that every pound you give will go to Tynedale Hospice at Home.

 


The aim of Tynedale Hospice at Home is to enhance the development of palliative care in West Northumberland in line with the Department of Health “Improving End of Life Care Agenda” and the requirements from our Primary Health Care Teams.

Objectives

The Hospice at Home service provides a home nursing service using qualified nurses and support workers for those with a life-limiting illness.

Their aim is to support both patients and their carers, aiming to improve quality of life for patients and their families by providing palliative nursing care and practical support, giving people the choice of being cared for at home. This care will be delivered in partnership with the Primary Care Teams working in our locality.

They are committed as a partner, to the West Northumberland Palliative Care Pathway and Advance Care Planning Initiative, working together to improve care at the end of life.

Care is offered to patients living in West Northumberland, including Scots Gap and Ponteland. The service will also be provided to patients living in Residential Care Homes.

THH aims to provide an equitable service that is flexible and responsive to patient and carer need, working with them to meet this need. The provision of this care is free of charge.

You can find out more about Tynedale Hospice here.

Corporate Supporters

Tynedale Hospice at Home Logo and Contact DetailsA number of local businesses are supporting or sponsoring the Lands End to John O'Groats challenge. We are very grateful that, in these difficult economic times, local small businesses are still managing to do this. It is very much appreciated.

If you would like to help in some way as a supporter or business sponsor, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Tynedale Hospice, 01434 600388. You can also sponsor us at justgivingour Blog LEJOG Just Giving page in aid of Tynedale Hospice at Home.

Our thanks go to:

Robson Print  Robson Print: For free printing of all the Tynedale Hospice leaflets advertising this challenge.
 Top Signs  Top Signs: For printing of T Shirts, which Robert and Steve will wear before and during the cycle ride to advertise Tynedale Hospice and raise additional sponsorship.
 The Laundrey Gallery  The Laundrey Gallery: Thank you for providing the T Shirts we will wear on the journey to advertise our ride and the cause for Tynedale Hospice.
waitrose  Waitrose: For providing prizes for use at publicity events at Hexham Farmer's market and the County Show.

The Journey Plan

Tynedale Hospice at Home Logo and Contact DetailsUnsurprisingly there is a plan for the journey which is down to much hard work by Robert. Below we outline the overall journey showing where we intend to be on any given day and some details about the journey.

Overall Estimated Mileages and Stopovers

Day Date From TO Miles Total
1 Mon 3 June TRAVEL DAY - Home to Sennen 0 0 *
2 Tues 4 June Land's End St Austell 62 62
3 Wed 5 June St Austell Okehampton 64 126
4 Thurs 6 June Okehampton Bishops Lydeard 53 179
5 Frid 7 June REST DAY
6 Sat 8 June Bishops Lydeard Elberton 68 247
7 Sun 9 June Elberton Worcester 63 310
8 Mon 10 June Worcester Whitchurch 65 375
9 Tues 11 June Whitchurch Eccleston 64 439
10 Wed 12 June Eccleston Kendal 64 503
11 Thurs 13 June Kendal Carlisle 56 559
12 Frid 14 June REST DAY
13 Sat 15 June Carlisle Innerleithen 65 624
14 Sun 16 June Innerleithen Kinross 66 690
15 Mon 17 June Kinross Blair Atholl 52 745
16 Tues 18 June Blair Atholl Carrbridge 64 809
17 Wed 19 June Carrbridge Tain 66 875
18 Thurs 20 June Tain Tongue 62 937
19 Frid 21 June Tongue John O'Groats 64 ** 1,001**
20 Sat 22 June TRAVEL DAY - Wick to Home

* Plus 14 miles to Sennen

** Plus 16 miles to Wick

A bit more detail

Day 1 Mon 3 Jun - Bardon Mill to Land’s End by train

Bardon Mill d 0615
Newcastle a 0655
Newcastle d 0741
Plymouth a 1448
Plymouth d 1512
Penzance a 1712 Cycle 14 miles to Sennen

Day 2 Tue 4 Jun - Land’s End to St Austell - 62 miles (62 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Land’s End 0 0 Route: NCN 3 with short cuts & diversions
Penzance 12 12 (all facilities)
Hayle 9 21 (café and shop)
Portreath 12 33
Carnon Downs 9 42 (café and shop)
Tippet's Shop 10 52
St Austell 10 62

Day 3 Wed 5 - Jun St Austell to Okehampton - 64 miles (126 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
St Austell 0 0 Route: Cornwall + South Devon cycle maps
Luxulyan 6 6
Lostwithiel 8 14 (café and shop)
Menheniot 14 28
Horsebridge  12 40
Tippet's Shop 5 45 (all facilities)
Tavistock 9 54
Okehampton 10 64

Day 4 Thu 6 Jun - Okehampton to Bishops Lydeard - 53 miles (179 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Okehampton 0 0 Route: N Devon + Somerset Levels maps
Morchard Bishop 14 14
Tiverton 14 28 (all facilities)
Hilfarrance 17 45
Bishops Lydeard 8 53

Day 5 Fri 7 Jun - Rest day at Bishops Lydeard

Day 6 Sat 8 Jun - Bishops Lydeard to Elberton- 68 miles (247 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Bishops Lydeard 0 0 Route: N Devon + Somerset Levels maps
Bridgewater 18 18
Winscomber 22 40
Avonmouth 17 57
Elberton 11 68

[LEJOG 25% completed!]

Day 7 Sun 9 Jun - Elberton to Worcester - 63 miles (310 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Elberton 0 0 Route: N Devon + Somerset Levels maps
Slimbridge 16 16
Gloucester 14 30  (all facilities)
Tewkesbury 17 47  (wiggly route but R. Severn path less suitable)
Worcester 16 63

Day 8 Mon 10 Jun - Worcester to Whitchurch - 65 miles (375 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Worcester 0 0 Route: NCN 45 is 93 miles
A443/B4196 to Stourport 11 11 this route is all B roads/minor roads
B4194 to Bewdley 4 15
B4194/NCN45/B4555 to Bridgenorth 14 29
B4373 to Ironbridge  8 37
B4380 + minor roads to Shawbury 14 51
B5063/B5476  to Whitchurch 14 65

Day 9 Tue 11 Jun - Whitchurch to Eccleston - 64 miles (439 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Whitchurch 0 0 Route: NCN 45, 56 is 82 miles
B5395 to Malpas 5 5 this route is mainly "horsley"
minor roads to Beeston 8 13
Tarperley 3 16
Minor roads to Acton Bridge 11 27 (see "Horsley", 102-3, 106-7, 110-15)
Canals/minor roads to Mersey 9 36
Newton-le-Willows 7 43
Appley Bridge 11 54
B5250 to Eccleston 10 64

Day 10 Wed 12 Jun - Eccleston to Kendal - 64 miles (503 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Eccleston 0 0 see "Horsley", 114-23
B5253+NCN 55 to Preston 10 10
B5411/ NCN 6 to Garstang 15 25 then all on NCN 6 to Kendal)
Lancaster 15 40
Carnforth 8 48
Kendal 64

[LEJOG 50% completed!]

Day 11 Thu 13 Jun - Kendal to Carlisle - 56 miles (559 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Kendal 0 0 Route: NCN 6, NCN 10, NCN 7
Windermere 9 9 see "Horsely", 13207
Ambleside 5 14
Threlkeld 17 31
Hesket Newmarket 12 43
Carlisle 13 56
Carlisle 1628, 1728 or 1837 train
Bardon Mill a 1708, 1808 or 1916

Day 12 Fri 14 Jun - Rest day at home

Day 13 Sat 15 Jun - Carlisle to Innerleithen - 65 miles (624 total) 

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Bardon Mill d 0723 a 0916 train or d 0804 arrive 1002
Carlisle 0 0 Route: Horsley LEJOG: A7, B709, NCN 1
Longtown 10 10 (café and shops) [see "Horsley" 138-41, 182-5]
Langholm 11 21 (café and shops)
Eskdalemuir 13 34 (Samye Ling for Lunch?
Tushielaw 16 50 (pub?)
Gordon Arms 6 56 (pub?)
Innerleithen 9 65

Day 14 Sun 16 Jun - Innerleithen to Kinross - 66 miles (690 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Innerleithen 0 0 Route: NCN1, Edinburgh Cycle Map
North Middleton 15 15 no facilities [see Horsley 141-2, 184-7]
Dalkeith 11 26 (all facilities)
Edinburgh 10 36 (lunch - several routes through city)
Forth Road Bridge 11 47 (cafés in Queensferry and Inverkeithing)
Kinross 19 66

Day 15 Mon 17 Jun - Kinross to Blair Atholl - 55 miles (745 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Kinross 0 0 B996, A912, NCN 77, NCN 7
Perth 16 16 (all facilities) [see "Horsley" 141-2]
Bankfoot 12 28 (café and shop) [see Sustrans - Lochs & Glens 74-8]
Dunkeld 6 34 (café and shop)
Ballinluig 9 43 (café and shop)
Pitlochry 5 48 (all facilities)
Blair Atholl 7 55

[LEJOG 75% completed!]

Day 16 Tue 18 Jun - Blair Atholl to Carrbridge - 64 miles (809 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Blair Atholl 0 0 Route: NCN 7
Dalnacardoch 11 11 (no facilities) [see Sustrans - Lochs & Glens 78-86]
Dalwhinnie 13 24 (café and shop)
Newtonmore 11 35 (café and shop) (+3 miles on in Kingussie)
Aviemore 16 51 (all facilities)
Carrbridge 13 64

Day 17 Wed 19 Jun - Carrbridge to Tain - 66 miles (875 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Carrbridge 0 0 Route: NCN 7, NCN 1
Tomatin 10 10 (café and shop)[see "Horsley" 206-9]
Daviot 8 18 (no facilities) (see Sustrans - Lochs & Glens 86-93
Inverness 12 30 (all facilities) (see "Mitchell" 153-8)
Dingwall 13 43 (café and shop)
Alness 11 54 (café)
Tain 12 66

Day 18 Thu 20 Jun - Tain to Tongue - 62 miles (937 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Tain 0 0 Route: NCN 1 (see "Mitchell" 158-161)
Bonar Bridge 15 15 (café and shop)
Lairg 11 26 (café and shop)
Crask Inn 13 39 (pub and café)
Altnaharra 8 47 (café)
Tongue 15 62

Day 19 Fri 21 Jun - Tongue to John O'Groats - 64 miles (1001 total)

Place Miles Daily Miles Comments
Tongue 0 0 Route: NCN 1 + A99 to Wick
Bettyhill 13 13 (café and shop) [see "Horsley" 216-8]
Melvich 13 28 (shop and pub) [see "Mitchell" 162-9]
Thurso 18 46 (all facilities but no shops now until Wick)
John O'Groats 20 66 (pub and hotel)
Wick 16 80 An extra 16 miles!

Day 20 Sat 22 Jun - Wick to Bardon Mill by train

Wick (Carlisle route home is an hour shorter)
Inverness a 1213
Inverness d 1246
Edinburgh a 1621
Edinburgh d 1652 or 1700 to Newcastle
Carlisle a 1806 or 1817 Newcastle
Carlisle d 1837 or Newcastle 1925
Bardon Mill a 1916 or 2018 from Newcastle

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