Myton’s Cycle Challenge

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  • Date:

    10th July 2022

  • Price:

    £30 - £40

  • Location:

    Warwick Myton Hospice

  • Summary:

    This is a very special year for Myton as it is 40 years since we opened Warwick Myton Hospice so we want to make this year’s Cycle Challenge more successful than ever before!


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    This is a very special year for Myton as it is 40 years since we opened Warwick Myton Hospice so we want to make this year’s Cycle Challenge more successful than ever before!


    With your help and support, we want to raise £45,000 from this event so we can continue to provide our vital services free of charge to people living with terminal illnesses, and their families, now and in the future.

    This year will be our 12th Cycle Challenge – and we are excited to make it bigger and better with your help!

    Our 50k, 100k and 100-mile routes are on the agenda, offering challenges to suit all capabilities, all taking riders on a beautiful ride through the picturesque villages of Warwickshire and the Cotswolds:

    The Myton Hospices - Cycle Challenge 2022 - Mid page Banner

     

    50KM ROUTE (£30)


    This route has been planned for cyclists of all levels. Whether this is the your first event or the furthest distance you’ve taken on, this route will offer you some challenge with a few moderate inclines and you will cross the finish line with a real sense of achievement!

     

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    100KM ROUTE (£35)


    This route offers a greater challenge in distance and some steeper inclines and is a great way to take your cycling to the next level! If you’ve previously completed our 50km route or have more experience taking on similar distances this is the route for you.

    If you really want to challenge yourself there is also the option to take part in our timed hill climb up Saintbury Hill ! Will you be crowned the Myton Champion this year?!

     

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    100 Mile ROUTE (£40)


    Back by popular demand the 100 mile route is the ultimate challenge!

    For advanced cyclists looking to conquer a century ride this route is not for the faint hearted! It includes some major hill climbs, including Saintbury Hill where you will test yourself mentally and physically to complete our timed hill climb and be in with the chance of being crowned the Myton Champion!

     

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    The Myton Hospices - Cycle Jersey and Hoodie TRANS - 2022

    A new year means a new design and another bespoke Myton cycle jersey to add to your collection! If you pledge to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship you can get your hands on a jersey for free!

    If you pledge to raise £500 in sponsorship you will get the Myton Cycle Jersey plus an exclusive Grey Myton Hoodie.

    Our jerseys are made to order for our 2022 event. If you are pledging to raise sponsorship in return for a free jersey ensure you have opted for this by Monday 23rd May.

    Help us to be a more environmentally friendly event by purchasing a Myton water bottle for an additional £2.50. This will reduce the amount of plastic waste at our event and help support us to reach our fundraising goal!

    All we ask now is that you pick your distance, set your challenge and raise as much money as you can to support The Myton Hospices at a time when we’ve never needed your support more.

     

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    If you have any question please get in touch by sending an email to ChallengeEvents@mytonhospice.org or calling 01926 838838
  • The Myton Hospices - Cycle Jersey and Hoodie TRANS - 2022


    Bespoke Cycle Jersey (£30)


    Add this year’s bespoke Myton Cycle Challenge jersey to your collection! If you pledge to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship you can get your hands on a jersey for free!

    The jerseys are also available to buy for £30 via our online shop by clicking here.

     

    Help us to be a more environmentally friendly event by purchasing a Myton water bottle!


    Help us to be a more environmentally friendly event by purchasing a Myton water bottle for an additional £2.50. This will reduce the amount of plastic waste at our event and help support us to reach our fundraising goal!

    Our water bottles are available to purchase through the sign up process or if you have already signed up and wish to purchase yours please click here.
  • Help us reach our £45,000 target!


    You can rarely scroll through your Facebook newsfeed without seeing at least one fundraising page and that is because it is one of the most effective, easiest ways of encouraging families, friends and colleagues to sponsor you.

    By setting up a JustGiving page, you can share your fundraising page on Facebook and Twitter as often as you want to. Having an online fundraising page also means you do not have to physically collect money after the event, plus Gift Aid is automatically calculated and processed.

    Click here to set up your page.

    Facebook Fundraisers...

    Facebook Fundraisers are a great way for people to donate to your event fundraising. Please let us know, by emailing the events team, if you set up a Fundraiser on Facebook; we receive limited information from Facebook which makes it extremely hard for us to link the donation to your fundraising otherwise.

    Cycle routes and FAQs (coming soon and will be emailed out when confirmed)...

    50km route                100km route              100 mile route

    Due to a number of changes in road layouts the team are working hard to get these routes finalised as soon as possible for you. Participants will be notified by email as soon as these are live on Strava. For all of the people who have taken part in our previous cycle challenges, they will be the same routes with a few amendments! Thank you for your patience with this.

    How old do I have to be to take part?

    All of the long distance routes are open to everyone over the age of 16; however, if you are aged 16 to 18, you must ride with a responsible adult of 18 or over.

    Parking...

    Parking is available at Warwick Children’s Services on Myton Lane, Myton School and Warwick School. We do only have a limited amount of parking spaces at these locations so would encourage people to cycle to the event if you live close by or car share where possible.

    What should I wear?

    You must wear a helmet to protect yourself against injuries in the event of an accident. We can’t wait to see everyone wearing their bespoke Myton Cycle Challenge jerseys! Wearing bright, reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users. Padded cycling shorts are not a requirement but may add to the comfort of your ride!

    If it rains, will the event get cancelled?

    We will not cancel the event unless the safety of our volunteers and participants is at risk. If the event is cancelled you will be notified. Our events team will be monitoring the weather forecast in the run up to the event but please also make yourself aware of weather conditions on the day and prepare accordingly – sun screen, wet weather gear etc.

    The Myton Champion...

    For those of you who have chosen to take on the 100 mile and 100km routes we have selected a hill climb designed to challenge both you and your bike; your goal is to reach the summit safely in the best time possible! The fastest rider will be crowned the Myton Champion and receive a unique winner’s jersey.

    This element is now timed through the Strava app so please ensure you are using this and are following the routes via the Team Myton club page to qualify for the challenge.

    The hill climb is designed to add some light-hearted competition to the ride and we expect all riders to take part in this spirit. The guidelines for selecting a winner are as follows:

    • Riders must complete their route in full

    • The quickest rider will be the fastest to complete the Saintbury Hill climb segment on Strava

    • In the event of a tie-breaker the winner will be the one who records the quickest average time from start of the ride to the summit of the climb

    • Reckless and bad-mannered riding will not be tolerated and if witnessed the rider will be disqualified from the challenge


    Staying safe...

    When registering under 18s you are asked to name a responsible adult aged 18 or over who is riding with them for the duration of the event.

    Please ensure you save the events team mobile number in your phone. This way you will be able to contact the events team at any point during the day: 07599 752835.

    For serious accidents do not hesitate to ring 999 and then ring the events team to let us know.

    For minor injuries please ring the events team for assistance or to let us know you have been picked up and will not be completing the ride, quoting your rider number.

    If you witness an incident please stop and call the events team on the above mobile number.

    If you cannot complete the ride for any reason and make your own way home please inform our events team, quoting your rider number.

    All three main routes use public roads and are not closed off to other vehicles for the event. Please be considerate to other road users, signal clearly, use cycle lanes where necessary, and abide by the Highway Code.

    Marshals are for visible presence only – they cannot stop traffic for you.

    We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.

    Fuelling and Hydration...

    50km Route:

    • Pillerton Priors Village Hall (CV35 0PJ) at 23.3km

    • Open 9.30am to 1pm


    100km route:

    • Preston on Stour Village Hall (CV37 8NG) 25.7km

    • Open 8.30am – 1pm

    • Tysoe School (CV35 0SD)at 71km

    • Open 10am to 3pm


    100-mile route:

    • Preston on Stour Village Hall (CV37 8NG) at 16 miles

    • Open 8.30am – 1pm

    • Temple Guiting (GL54 5RT)at 46 miles

    • Open 10.30am – 1pm

    • Tysoe School (CV35 0SD) at 72miles

    • Open 10am to 3pm


    We advise you stop regularly to top up your water bottles and grab a bite to eat but please do ensure you have enough refreshments on you throughout the ride.

    Technical Support on the day...

    TBC

  • Kate and Maxine's Story...


    Eleven years ago, aged 23 but feeling nothing more than a terrified little girl, I walked into Warwick Myton Hospice to see my Mum, Maxine. She was 49 and dying.

    She’d bravely battled cancer for over a year and a half and had shown such strength, courage and dignity, but she couldn’t fight any more and deteriorated quite quickly. We were unable to control her pain at home and when the word ‘hospice’ was mentioned we felt frightened.

    It conjures up all sorts of dark and dismal imagery, but we soon saw this wasn’t the case. Walking through the doors, it didn’t feel clinical, it didn’t feel depressing. The staff were kind and gentle and always welcoming. There were beautiful gardens surrounding the hospice and patio doors in each room. It didn’t feel at all like a hospital and although we were feeling incredibly sad it didn’t feel like a depressing place. The staff, peaceful rooms, and beautiful gardens cultivated such a sense of calmness and peace.

    Mum loved sitting in her garden at home and hadn’t been able to do this for a while. While she was in the hospice, she was mostly nursed in bed, but loved listening to secret garden, with the patio doors open.

    I hold those memories dear, eleven years on. When the grief can still feel so raw and powerful they provide some comfort and peace.

    After a week at the hospice my Mum’s symptoms were controlled enough for her to go home and have the death that she wanted, in her own home and surrounded by people who loved her so very much.

    During my Mum’s illness I stepped off my nursing degree to be with her. As a family, we pulled together to care for my Mum, and make memories.

    I finished my training in 2010 and began my career as a registered nurse. I had always wanted to be a palliative care nurse but struggled with the emotions attached to palliative care after losing Mum.

    At the start of the pandemic in 2020, my manager asked for nurses to volunteer to redeploy to Warwick Myton Hospice to care for patients with Coronavirus. Myton had temporarily handed over the space to South Warwickshire Foundation Trust to help with the response to Covid.

    The idea of redeploying was both terrifying and exhilarating, in equal measure. The proposed date was 26th May, which was the day my Mum died. I felt like it was where I was meant to be.

    I hit reply with the haste I needed not to overthink, and it was the best decision I have ever made. It is still a truly special place. The people I worked with were also so very special and many of us had personal experiences with Myton, and bonded over this.

    When I entered room ten, where Mum was, I expected to feel sad, but felt such a sense of inner peace, calm and warmth. Working at Myton was the most amazing, emotional, and healing experience.

    I will always feel so privileged, comforted and fulfilled to have been given this opportunity and Myton will always have a special place in my heart.

    With your support and sponsorship we can be there for more people like Maxine and Kate when they need us most, now and in the future.

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