Land's End to John O'Groats Bike Ride Update - Route Plan
Adrian starts his End to End Challenge on Wednesday 21st July 2010.
Wed 21st Land's End to Mawgan Porth (gentle start but very hilly along the northern Cornwall coast)
Thu 22nd Mawgan Porth to Great Torrington (again, fairly short distances but people say to take these early days more slowly than you might want to)
Fri 23rd Great Torrington to Bawdrip (getting longer)
Sat 24th Bawdrip to Pandy (now the longer rides really begin)
Sun 25th Pandy to Whittington
Mon 26th Whittington to Burscough
Tue 27th Burscough to Grasmere
Wed 28th Grasmere to Traquair (over the border.......)
Thu 29th Traquair to Auchterarder
Fri 30th Auchterarder to Tomintoul (possibly the hardest day - very remote, very long climbing day)
Sat 31st Tomintoul to Dornoch
Sun 1st Dornoch to Thurso (stopping just short of John O'Groats so that I can guarantee arriving in the light the next day!)
Mon 2nd Thurso to John O'Groats (just a short hop - 20 miles - down the coast)
So, 12+ days, mileage should be about 1050 (we'll see how accurate the books are!). Weather forecast isn't brilliant but can't do anything about that and I'll just have to take what comes.
Start cycling on Wednesday. I have done over 1000 miles in training but still feel done in after I cycle for just 2 hours! I've also been eating like a horse - I'm told you burn between 5-7000 calories each day on a 100-mile ride, so I'm likely to get through about 75000 calories on this journey. Which is a lot of energy bars and a significant amount of pasta!
Land's End to John O'Groats Bike Ride
being undertaken by the Very Rev'd Adrian Newman, Dean of Rochester
When he takes to the roads on 20th July in 2010, The Very Rev’d Adrian Newman will become one of the first English Cathedral Deans to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Why is he doing it?
As part of his Sabbatical during the Summer of 2010, the Dean will cycle a 1,000 mile route from Lands End to John O Groat’s, raising money to support the Cathedral’s music tradition. We hope that 1,000 people will sponsor him a penny a mile for 1,000 miles – this will only cost you £10 but will enable Adrian to hit his target of £10,000 in total. Click here for sponsor sheet.
“Thank you for taking the time to support me as I tackle this 1,000 mile Bike Ride. It’s not going to be easy but I couldn’t have a greater incentive than knowing that every penny that I raise will make a major contribution towards keeping the musical tradition at Rochester Cathedral alive. It would be great to think that the people of Medway and Kent will be supporting me all the way”.
Very Rev’d Adrian Newman, Dean of Rochester
For further information please contact the
Development Office on 01634 810074
Summer Cheese & Wine Evening
We had a lovely evening on 28th July in the Marquee in Kings Orchard where we enjoyed the music of Balgores and Steve O'Kane. Our thanks to Helen Bannister for preparing a delicious Cheese & Paté buffet.
After expenses we raised almost £1,000 which is fantastic!
Our sincere thanks go to the performers and all the helpers, especially Betty Trollope and Jean Callebaut for arranging the raffle and our host John A Spence. Not forgetting the University of Greenwich for letting us use their Marquee.
Our generous raffle prize donors were:
Francis Iles Gallery, High Street Rochester
Topps Hairdressing, Maidstone Road, Rochester
Pips, High Street Rochester
Strood Academy Supports Chair Project
On Friday 9 July, senior students from Strood Academy presented a cheque for £300 to Canon Philip Hesketh for two new chairs at Rochester Cathedral.
The money, which has been raised through non-uniform days at the school, was presented at the 6th form assembly on behalf of the academy students. Canon Philip Hesketh said a few words before the cheque was presented. Mr M Hancock of Strood Academy said, “It was a privilege to make this contribution to our community, and we are pleased that funds raised have provided something that be used in our local community for many many years to come”.
The Roman Wall
Work is currently taking place in the grounds of the Cathedral to preserve a precious section of the wall that once surrounded and protected the Roman town of Durobrivae. This summer we are doing trial archaeological pits, thoroughly surveying the wall and carrying out emergency repairs.
This section of the Roman wall is important because it is one of the very few remaining parts left. It is mainly the core of the wall that exists in this section above ground level, and there have been many repairs to the facing over the ages. Our excavations, supervised by Graham Keevill, now indicate that an important building was built into the wall in this section in early mediaeval times, looking into the Priory’s infirmary garden. It is likely that this part of the wall owes its survival to the existence of that building.
The work is being generously funded by BIFFA and English Heritage. For further information, see the PDF here.
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