Pedal 4 Paul

and now to Sunday

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So now it’s Sunday and I am at Murrayfield Stadium.

Waiting on about 15 cyclists who are cycling in our Pedal 4 Paul team in the Pedal for Scotland bike ride.

I had to decide time to be there and went for 12-4 – but that meant I missed our fabulous young trio of cyclists – Tabby, Ruby and Danielle – who cycled 10 miles in the family ride.  They looked amazing as you can see from the photographs.  Tabby is our youngest Ambassador and we are very proud of her.

Oh and they have raised over £700 too between them.

It was a lovely day to be waiting there – we have been there for three years now and this was by far the nicest weather – it is such a great event to be part of – cyclists who arrive in looking elated at having cycled 47 miles – our youngest cyclist doing the entire 47 miles was Daniel Brennan – what a wee star – he barely looked tired though he was keen to get onto the bus home.  He cycled with his dad Dave who was super proud of him.

There was also John – three times cycling Pedal for Scotland in our Pedal 4 Paul team- Morgan cycling it in memory of her pal Michaela, Rosemary and Ronnie doing it to celebrate the end of Tabby’s treatment earlier this year, Mike and Roddy McLean and Caroline Cassels cycling in Team Millie.

Total raised so far (and money still coming in) is over £3000 – all that will go into Paul’s fund so that when the Retreat is build Paul’s parents, Ruth and Steven, and sister Gillian and her fiance Nic will decide what the money raised over the years will be spent on.

If you would like to join our team Pedal 4 Paul – cycling next year in Pedal for Scotland or in any cycling event do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

One requirement for joining our team is to wear odd socks!  Paul always wore odd socks so this is our extra way of honouring this remarkable and lovely young man.


Guest blog by Trustee Marlyn doing her own Pedal 4 Paul

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I’ll take the high road…


I love cycling. I don’t like rain or hills. So why did I agree to undertake the coast to coast from Whitehaven to Whitley Bay? Having Pedalled 4 Paul along the Glasgow to Edinburgh route two years running I thought I’d try a different challenge. So when friend D asked if I would like to join her and two friends cycling the 140 mile route over 4 days I said yes and set up a fundraising page. I didn’t check the gradients.

Day 1 We parked in Whitley Bay and an ecotaxi ferried us, our bikes and panniers (but not my bell which flew off en route) to Whitehaven.   After our driver Bruce recounted a tale of a rider who got stuck ankle deep on the slipway while dipping her wheels in the water at the start we dispensed with that tradition and set off along the old railway track. Before long we started to climb, and climb. Still, we would have plenty stops for tea and cake. Or so we thought. Not a cafe to be seen until 5 miles from Keswick and that was closed. Having the heaviest bike and my extra 13 years were telling already and I was trailing the others by some way. But a downhill run to the B&B, a quick shower and off to see the broadcast National Theatre production of Skylights at the wonderful Alhambra cinema. Fabulous play then chips in the square – too tired to carry a fish supper.

Day 2 Headed uphill out of Keswick. This was to be the most difficult day – the longest distance with the greatest ascents (note the plural). By the time we reached Penrith with the 6 mile climb to Alston ahead I decided I was becoming a liability and should go ahead by taxi with all the panniers which would benefit the others too especially as the wind direction had changed and it was coming from the east.. Very disappointed in myself but the best decision.

Day 3 Headed uphill out of Alston – what else? This was supposed to be the easiest and shortest day. Before long the mist came down and the heavens opened cutting the visibility over the moors significantly. We stopped, as did the rain, in Allanheads –“ the highest village in England “– for some lunch and a change of clothes. Set off again uphill (how come?) and it tipped it down. Up and up. My mudguard had mysteriously disappeared overnight and so arrived at our rather posh hotel in Blanchland dripping wet and covered in oil. Our immaculate hosts handled our startling appearance with aplomb. Nor were they fazed when we managed to jam the plug in the bathroom sink and couldn’t budge it and also drop a bottle of sun tan lotion beyond reach behind a radiator.

Day 4 Uphill out of Blanchland – can you see a pattern here? Just when I thought I could go no further –for the past three days I had been trudging up the hills – we hit the downward phase to the river Derwent then the Tyne through Newcastle and Tynemouth to Whitley Bay and an ice cream.


I think the blurb on the coast to coast website must have been written by Mark Beaumont or Jason Kenny.   This was much much harder than I anticipated from the description and, even although I missed a wee chunk in the middle, I am chuffed to have done what I did. I couldn’t have done it without my wonderfully patient and supportive travelling companions. And thank you so much to those who sponsored me. Would I do it again? Definitely….not!

Marlyn Minto

Trustee, It’s good 2 give

If you would like to sponsor Marlyn you can do so here.

Pedal 4 Paul 2014

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What?   A cycling challenge in memory of an amazing teenager, Paul Davies

Where?  any cycling event but one we get most cyclists joining is Pedal for Scotland

When?   any but Pedal for Scotland is Sunday 7 September  2014


Cost?  varies from event to event and all we ask is that you raise a few quid for us in honour of a very special young man, Paul Davies


Charismatic, fun, inspirational – just a few of the words we could use to describe Paul Davies.

Paul was diagnosed with cancer when he was just 14 and battled it hard for many years.  He lost his fight in July 2010 aged just 17.

Family and friends fundraise tirelessly for a number of charities that were close to Paul’s heart.  This idea is to raise funds for us and we are so very grateful to Paul’s family for choosing us as the benefiting charity.

So, what is it, do I hear you ask?

Well, as the title suggests it is a bike team.

As part of the 2013 Pedal for Scotland bike ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh there were 128 cyclists in our Team Pedal 4 Paul – raising funds for It’s Good 2 Give in honour of a very special, charismatic and inspirational young man, Paul Davies.
The 2012 Team Pedal for Paul had a wonderful 67 cyclists in it. So we almost managed to double our numbers.

For 2014 we’d like to see 150 cyclists in our team and it can be done.

This year sees us suggesting that you join any organised cycling event you fancy and then pledging to raise a few quid for us – any amount at all is welcomed by us.

The biggest cycling event is Pedal for Scotland cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh on Sunday 7 September – full information can be found here.

Once you sign up to your event, let us know you are going to raise some funds for us and let us know if you want a Pedal 4 Paul t-shirt. We will give you information on how to set up an online giving page.

All monies raised will be used at our Ripple Retreat for an item or items that will recognise Paul’s achievements and character in his young life – a fitting legacy for a special young man.

And as one of the requirements of joining the team is to wear odd socks (Paul always wore odd socks!) we also suggest saving up pennies, pounds, fifty pences, notes in a sock!

I can tell you that every single cyclist doing it for us in 2012 and 2013  has a huge sense of achievement.
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