Get on Your Bike for Local Male Cancer Charity

Oak Group MUG Ride25

Thursday 9 August 2018

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Andy Godfrey, Bev Godfrey, Danni Hanley, Andrea Nightingale, Mark Smith, Paul Jackson, Helena Duguid

This September the biennial Male Uprising Guernsey (MUG) bike ride is back bigger and better than ever, with four routes to choose from. The charity is asking islanders to round up their friends, family or colleagues and get peddling to support those affected by male cancers in Guernsey.

The fourth MUG Bike Ride, sponsored by Oak Group, will take place on Saturday 1st September. From young to old, leisure bike rider or serious road racer, there is a route for everyone this year.

Cyclists are being asked to 'ride for a life' again this year by dedicating their ride to a family member or friend who has been affected by cancer, is undergoing treatment or has sadly lost their battle with the disease.

All funds raised will be directly donated to MUG and will go towards the building of a Multidisciplinary Team meeting room (MDT) at the PEH. It is hoped that the cycle will raise the full £25,000 that is needed for the build.

The MDT room is used by the different doctors to discuss the essential management of thousands of cancer patients in the Bailiwick. Doctors may need to speak to consultants in the UK during meetings, and up-to-date audiovisual facilities are required so all meeting attendees can see the radiological and pathological investigations.

The routes available are 100 miles (four laps of the island), 75 miles (three laps), 50 miles (two laps) and 25 miles (one lap), all of which will start and finish at the MUG Mound in Salarie car park.

Starting times for the routes will be staggered in the hope that most people will finish around 9 pm onwards, ready for the after-ride party. The times are as follows:

  •  100 miles starting at 3 pm

  •  75 miles starting at 5 pm

  •  50 miles starting at 6 pm

  •  25 miles starting at 7 pm

Following the ride, there will be a closing party at The Boathouse which will begin at 8 pm. There will be food provided to help riders refuel after their cycle, and the bar will be open for participants.

For those who still have the energy, DJ Andre De Carteret will be on the decks to help everyone dance the night away.

'This year we wanted to accommodate more styles of cycling rather than it mainly being a mountain bike ride. Road cycling has increased dramatically in the island over the years, and this addition of these new routes and distances will provide something for everyone,' explains co-organiser and MUG Honorary Patron, Ian Brown.

The ride can accommodate up to 900 people, and entry is £25.00 per person and £10.00 for under 16's. The charity is also asking for participants to raise a further £25.00 in sponsorship (which is not compulsory).

Once again, the Thomas Martin-Sarre trophy will be presented to the young rider (age 18 years or under) who raises the most money. It was introduced in 2016 in memory of Thomas, who at the age of 17, achieved eight GCSEs all at grade C or above while battling with cancer for the second time. The special award serves as a lasting tribute to Thomas' bravery, determination and his amazing achievements.

ALSO Any individual or family raising over £100 will be entered into a prize draw to win a bike from Ian Browns Bike Shop!

Tony Tostevin, MUG council member, says; 'Every bike ride event we do, we receive unbelievable support from the public who come forward to take part. This year we hope to raise more funds than before so we can assist in providing the hospital with their new MDT room.

'While there will, of course, be serious riders coming to take part, we want to stress it isn't a race and we hope that everyone will find a route that suits them. The cycle is about having fun and encouraging people to think about male health.

'We'd like to thank our main sponsors Oak Group and the Boathouse for hosting the after party. We're grateful to have the support of local businesses for this community-driven event. A massive thanks must also go to Ian Brown and Mark Smith for organising this event which is no mean feat.'

Mark Chasey, Group Chairman at Oak Trust, comments: 'Oak Trust is proud to be supporting the MUG Ride25 cycle event.

'The money raised will go towards the refurb of the MDT room at the PEH, which will not only benefit the whole community, but also raise awareness of male cancers on the island.'

Mark Smith, co-organiser, concludes; 'This event promises to be great fun for everyone, we expect places to go fast with the addition of new routes. We hope that those who don't want to cycle will get behind their friends and family, to sponsor them and provide support.'

Please visit the Eventbrite page to enter; this is one event that you do not want to miss out on.