3,000 Miles, 111 Gold Post Boxes, 28 Venues, 27 Days, 2 Cyclists, 3 Charities
At 5:35pm on Thursday 26 June, two cyclists concluded a 3,000 mile 27 day cycle journey to visit all 111 gold post boxes and 28 venues from London 2012's Olympics & Paralympics when they arrived at Luke Campbell's box on Hessle Road, Kingston upon Hull.
38 year old Lucas Meagor of Kingston upon Hull, a self confessed Olympic/Paralympic Geek and Chris Britton, 36, a cycling enthusiast from Bristol, started the journey on 31 May at Helen Glover's gold post box in Penzance.
The duo were raising funds for three charities - ParalympicsGB, Tree of Hope and Sport Relief.
The final day of the cycle started in Newark on Trent, after they had been to Richard Whitehead's box in Lowdham (Paralympics 200m gold T42) and Kirkby in Ashfield on Wednesday, where Ollie Hynd's Mum, Helen Hynd, met the pair with Ollie's medals for Paralympic swimming (the gold in 100m backstroke S8) and thanked them for all their hard work.
The final day took them to Sophie Wells box in Lincoln (Paralympic gold for Mixed Individual Championship Test - Grade IV) where friend, Gordy Balfour, joined them for the final 46 miles to the finish line, crossing the Humber Bridge onto Hessle Road, Kingston upon Hull.
On arrival there was a gathering at the final box to cheer them in, organised by Jane Richardson of Sainsbury's Hessle and Tom Griffin, store manager at the Sainsbury's Local on Hessle Road. Sainsbury's supported the pair's journey by providing them food and drink from stores around the country on the route.
It is anticipated they will have raised £5,000 for the three charities as well as raised awareness of the charities work on the trip, which included meeting three four athletes and three families of other athletes as well as numerous titter interaction with gold medallists, including a good luck message from Sir Chris Hoy after the Edinburgh boxes.
On completion, Lucas commented "That has been a phenomenal challenge not just in cycling but also logistics, with 28 nights' accommodation needed and 27 days support drivers plus the route planning and more" Chris added "We are hugely grateful to everyone for all their support in so many different ways throughout this trip. The welcomes at homes, reception's at boxes etc. has been fantastic."
The 3,000 miles took the pair to Sark in the Channel islands (courtesy of Condor Ferries), through the Olympic Park, to the Isle of Man (compliments of the Isle of Man Steam Packet) and included the three Northern Irish boxes (ferry back to Scotland courtesy of P&O). It is believed to be the first man powered continuous trip to all 111 Gold Post Boxes, with support from Royal Mail. Six of the day's were supported by Morphed Landscapes of Frome, Somerset, who provided the support vehicle and on a seventh day, Peter Meagor (Owner of Morphed) cycled 134 miles in the south west with the duo.
The 27 days represents the number of days competitions during the two games combined. Chris selected the charity Tree of Hope to support a friend's child, Jaye, from Bristol, who has cerebral Palsy and funds raised will go towards key operations to help him walk and develop.
Lucas wanted to support ParalympicsGB after having his eyes opened at London 2012's Paralympic Games and seeing the pride in the success of the country's paralympians. He recently attended a sports fest where the legacy lives on in engaging with those with disabilities in the range of sports under their programme and even had the opportunity to meet 4 time gold medallist, Dame Sarah Storey along with Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Gold medallist, Kelly Gallagher.
Sport Relief encompassed the link to a range of supports and using sport to raise funds to support a range of causes throughout the UK and Africa. Both Chris and Lucas were inspired throughout London 2012 and will be visiting each venue used for the games on route (including all the football stadia) in the hope the trip will also promote the legacy of sport and the opportunities it brings.
The pair cycled in distinctive specially designed T-shirts, thanks to ARCO and each night a blog updated was posted at www.lucaskeepsrunning.co.uk, which are now all available to read.
Thanks also to David Richards UK Ltd & Magic Spoon Corporate Identity Design for the design and production of the pop up banner used on route to promote the fundraising. Lucas dedicated the trip to Mike Atkins, a friend who supported them in 2011 for two days on Land's End to John O;Groats and who sadly passed away on the eve of this adventure. His widow, Pam Atkins, was at the finish to welcome them.
3,000 Miles, 111 Gold Post Boxes, 28 Venues, 27 Days, 2 Cyclists, 3 Charities, 27th June 2014, 15:47 PM