Latest News Flash: Mr Billy has been reinstated as Bed Inspector at Park House, Stratford upon Avon
We would like to say thanks to the following people who made this a bit easier:
The Cycle Studio, Stratford Upon Avon – For your advice, for supplying our kit
Richard Edward Painter – For your really helpful advice and support
Richard Popple – For being there on Snowdon and for transporting the kayaks
Tracey and Martin – For your support and your assistance in carbohydrate upload in Padstow, top drawer as usual!
Michael from Carousel Digital – for the website, for your help and great advice and producing our vehicle graphics so quickly
Sammy, Griff, Lucy and Laura – for your support at all times
Carol – For your nutritional advice before and during this challenge, for your support too
Gillian – for being with us on the 3 peaks, for a good laugh and your continued support
Fred Baker Cycles in Bristol (Donny) – what can we say, top class service, nothing too much bother
Elens Castle Hotel – Betwys y Coed – thanks to Adam and Helen and your regulars for making us feel so welcome, we will be back!
Elidir – our Snowdon guide
Stephen and Jean Heyes for their support at Llangollen, Bala and Chester
Tom Mitchell, for your support and coming to see us
The pub in Montgomery – for helping Ruth out when her mobile phone ran out
The IBIS at Preston North – Really helpful, friendly staff, nothing was too much bother
Katie, Dave, Jules and Fred, for your support all through and for joining us for the Carnforth stretch
Rob Hopkin – for your support and advice, for sorting out the kayaks, for being a mate
Ray Webb for his support and advice regarding bike shops and his very funny messages that kept us smiling
Harbour Master – Lake Windermere
Phil Kershaw our Scafell Pike guide
Hillthwaite House Hotel – to the really nice chap who works there for following our progress on Windermere on his day off
Best Western Moffat House Hotel – lovely staff, lovely hotel
Loch Lomond – Inn on Loch Lomond – wow, what can we say, we will be back
Nevis Cycles – Just brilliant, your work was first class, the most friendly bike shop North of the Watford Gap!
Ben Nevis Guide (Nathen) – for not turning back in such terrible weather
Bombay Duck Restaurant Fort William – for the scoff – superb!
The unknown boat owner on Loch Ness for the use of their boat, it was cheeky of us and we would have asked if you had of been there…
Best Western Palace Hotel in Inverness – lovely hotel, lovely staff
The Royal Marine Hotel Brora – For the most relaxing couple of nights on this challenge, your hotel is beautiful, your staff are great too
To ALL of our supporters
The many people who waved and smiled along the way
To the sad creatures that tried to mow us down with deliberately poor driving and those who shouted obscenities, thank you, maybe your place in life is to serve as proof to us that evolution can work in reverse?
Waitress to Hoppy “the soup of the day is Mental and your server today is Lairy”
Ruth to Felix when faced with 110 mile ride in bad weather “Think of this not as a really long cycle ride, but as an exercise in recapturing your youth”
Felix Schmid (Kirkstone Pass to Pooley Bridge) “I am going to write a book, called False Summit, A Celebration of British Road building”
Mr Billy when arriving home “err, Mum, this bed is too hard”
Ecclefechan Taekwon-Do – Just made Colin and Felix laugh
Anon – “No, don’t look over the side, or de little fishes will bite yer nose off, so they will”
Felix would like to personally thank the following people:
Dr. Mark Sterling, Head of the School of Engineering for allowing him unpaid leave at the start of the academic year.
Mrs Joy Grey for dealing with all office issues in my absence
Will Cooper and the team for producing the postcards.
Charles Watson for keeping troubles away from me.
Florence for pulling me up and down mountains.
Robert Stolz for completing my heavy haul bicycle at minimal notice.
Rob Hopkin, Bridget, Richard Popple and…me!
We have been and are continuing to be really moved by the phone messages, emails, texts, and cards that people have sent to support us! Also the donations are steadily building so thank-you all. I am setting out shortly to collect Felix and Bridget from Plymouth Station… then the team is in place!
Thanks to my wife Ruth and her team at Motorail (UK) Ltd we have over £10k to go towards our efforts. Hundreds of people turned out across the weekend to see our trains in storage on our home site at Long Marston in Warwickshire. We were also joined by Dave Ellis from Railway Children and by his partner Jules and their son Fred… who had his first experience of a train ride! Great day, thank-you all
My oldest sister Gillian has also decided to take up part of the challenge, a U1 if you like! She and her 3 dogs are going to complete the 3 Peaks element starting with Snowdon on the 7th of October, then Scafell Pike on the 11th (which is one of her dogs Rosie’s birthday) and finally Ben Nevis on the 15th. Gillian has then to get back to her practice in Rochester in Kent where she is the senior Podiatrist www.thorndikepact.co.uk . In addition to helping us Gillian is using the event to help raise money for one of her favourite charities, Hounds for Heroes www.houndsforheroes.com a really nice charity whose mission states that “the purpose of Hounds for Heroes is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services”, through which they aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for their clients.