Rotary clubs across the isles came up with some creative ways of fundraising for the annual Rotary Ride.
The June event has so far raised £17,797 based on returns from 12 clubs who took part. A total of 22 Rotary clubs in Great Britain took part in organised fundraisers, with the money going to support prostate cancer charities.
Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s 129 men every day. And every 45 minutes, one man dies from prostate cancer – that’s more than 11,000 men every year.
According to Prostate Cancer UK, one in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Here are some of the highlights from this year’s Rotary Ride…
They set up exercise bikes and a rowing machine to row/cycle the equivalent distance of Chard to Helmstedt in Germany, which is Chard’s twin town. The public was invited to take part to tackle the distance of 765 miles, including 31 miles of rowing. In Helmstedt, another team were tackling the same challenge.
Amount raised: £2,080 for Prostate Cancer UK
Bretby Rotary in Derbyshire held a static bike ride at DW Fitness.
Amount raised: £727 for Prostate Cancer UK
Canvey Coast Satellite Rotary
A new member, James Peagram, cycled from John O’Groats to Canvey Island. His arrival coincided with the Canvey Carnival. The distance cycled was 381 miles.
Amount raised: £4,688 for Prostate Cancer UK
Rotarian Colin Timms sat on his exercise bike at his home in Devon.
In 2006, Colin was diagnosed with prostate cancer and immediately received treatment.
The disease has spread to other parts of Colin’s body but the condition is carefully managed by hormone treatment.
However, he was determined to support the charity which helped him by riding his static bike twice a week in the weeks leading up to Rotary Ride on June 15th.
Amount raised: £800 for Prostate Cancer UK
Kirriemuir Rotary in Angus held a bike ride at Glamis Castle, along with a 10K fun run. They also had a couple of static bikes at the Co-op in the village.
Over a hundred members of the public took part.
Amount raised: £1,000 for Prostate Scotland
Newton Stewart Rotary
This was the Tour of the Machars Sportive in Dumfries and Galloway. The Newton Stewart Rotary Ride offered two fantastic routes through the picturesque Machars area of Galloway in the Scottish Borders.
There was a 56km family route and a 116km route for the more enthusiastic cyclists, which were created by Cycle Scotland.
Both started and finished at the Wigtown Show Ground, Bladnoch Park, near to the county town of Wigtown, which is known as Scotland’s book town.
Amount raised: £2,450 for Prostate Scotland
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Redcar Rotary held a static bike ride in the local town.
Amount raised: £800 for local prostate cancer charities including Teeside Prostate Cancer Support Group
The Tour D’Ilmington David Lockwood Memorial Ride in South Warwickshire attracted over 200 people.
There was a 10-mile family ride around Ilmington Village, coupled with a more challenging 30-mile hill ride with 2,500 feet of climbing, plus an Eroica Ride, which featured steel racing cycle on a 100km route from Evesham and back via Chipping Camden and Newbold.
Amount raised: £3,000 for local prostate cancer charities including the Graham Fulford Charitable Trust
Titsey & District Rotary held a very successful static bike ride at the Oxted Boot Fair in Surrey, raising money through a bucket collection.
Amount raised: £1,500 for Prostate Cancer UK
Workington Derwent Rotary
Workington Derwent Rotary held a family ride from Maryport to Allenby, and also a 30-bike static ride at a local leisure centre.
Amount raised: Prostate Cancer UK
Keith Hopkins, Kirriemuir Rotary, is the national coordinator for Rotary Ride.
He said the aim of the annual event was to support vital life-saving research into cancer, and the excellent care provided by charities through fundraising.
He said: “We started Rotary Ride in 2015 when I was District Governor, which would be staged in and around Father’s Day for prostate charities.
“We want to grow Rotary Ride so we get lots of people out on bikes, especially kids with their mums and dads, getting out the roads, on static bikes, wherever, to raise money for these causes.
“The idea is to have a bit of fun. It’s not necessarily about raising a great deal of money, but it is also about guys knowing about their prostate.
“Men are very bad about speaking about these things, and understanding the symptoms. Instead they ignore it.”
Keith is now hoping for Rotary clubs to think about planning a Rotary Ride into their fundraising calendar next June. “Get your Rotary Ride well planned in advance, and possibly speak to bike clubs,” he said.
“Even though Rotary Ride may seem months away, it is good to start thinking about it now. Perhaps find someone who has a private estate, or a bike track.
“If you want to organise a static ride, then think about teaming up with a local supermarket with static bikes. You could even set up competitions with how fast shoppers can ride in a minute, and have a bucket collection.
“This is a fun event, it is appealing to people of all ages, and it is great fun.”