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Round Britain cycle challenge.

 

As part of National shoe repair week the CuttingEdge committee have launched a fund raising event to attempt to raise £20,000 for Children in need.

This will be in the form of a cycling challenge to ride 2 pairs of celebrity shoes from Aberdeen in Scotland down to Portsmouth on the south coast of the UK, one pair taking a route down the east of the UK & one taking a route down the west of the UK.

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Its time for you to get involved & we need your support! We need repairers, wholesalers & manufacturers to offer support or a cycling team to complete the task.

The route is sectioned into 20 mile stages & to maximise the sponsorship & publicity potential we need cyclists or teams of cyclists to complete each stage to relay the shoes to the finish line.

At the start of the challenge the shoes will be soled, in the middle they will be heeled & at the end will be polished ready for wear.

You don’t have to cycle the full 20 miles but if you pledge to ride, you have to have enough in your team to complete the full 20 mile stint.

If your not up to cycling then we also need to man a support vehicle so why not help out on route?

 

We will also be running a competition to win the bikes which will be held in your stores to maximise the sponsorship to Children in Need.

 

To find out more, sign up, download sponsor forms or make a DONATION to children in need or just to leave a message of support log onto

 

www.shoerecycling.co.uk

 

On the web site you will find all you need to know including

 

how to sign up

Route map & section details

all the latest news

press documents & sponsor forms

How many days until lift off!

 

You will also find as the event gets closer more in depth details & arrangements, all the latest pictures & news from the cycling challenge HQ.

 

Lee

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Guest JDBKeys

Wow thats some challange! Im dissapointed to see that youre not heading into Wales :( Id have been up for the Cardiff section but Bristol is a bit far away. My boyfriend and I are into cycling infact hes a competative road cyclist for a team in Surrey!

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Be sure to head to www.shoerecycling.co.uk to sign up for a section, you could always join TEAM FORUM, looks like I might be cycling on my own & I don't think I could make 20 miles :lol:

 

the event will be a great publicity generator for those who get involved, its worth strapping your bike to your car and driving to a section I have a LONG way to go to take part, but I will give it the effort & even close a day to be there. None of my customers will mind as its for charity.

 

Lee

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Wow thats some challange! Im dissapointed to see that youre not heading into Wales :( Id have been up for the Cardiff section but Bristol is a bit far away. My boyfriend and I are into cycling infact hes a competative road cyclist for a team in Surrey!

 

Bristol is too far and surrey isn't, last time I looked at a map bristol is only 30 mins drive away :!:

 

will look at the schedule I might be able to do the support for the middlesboro to thirsk section....

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Thought I’d let you all know how much has already gone into the cycling challenge.

 

First of all its been organised by the CuttingEdge committee and came about as a result of discussions on the failings of our first attempt at national shoe repair week & we decided some form of publicity generating event would be a good way forward & each of the committee was tasked with suggesting such an event.

Chris Wilson was the brain child behind the cycling challenge & has already spent many, many hours on the project and has been compiling a route.

Chris also had a meeting with Lewis Bathard, Lewis cycled around the whole coast of mainland Britain (starting) in 2003 in various stages. He completed the last section from Stranraer to John O’Groats in torrential rain after having had an operation last March to remove 22cms of his bowel an amazing achievement.

Lewis recommended staying on A roads & having support vehicles NOT with the current cyclist as this can become a danger to other road users, so support will be made remotely.

Following this meeting a route was complied & the event was launched in the last edition of CuttingEdge.

During the CuttingEdge meeting on the 19th February each committee member was tasked with sorting out various portions of the detailing & the event, such as communications, bikes & various aspects of supporting, sponsoring & bringing the event to its birth.

It is well & truly on its way & we are hoping to raise awareness of the industry & it should generate publicity for those involved & raise thousands of pound for children in need.

Why not leave a message of support for those getting involved HERE.

 

Lee

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Wow thats some challange! Im dissapointed to see that youre not heading into Wales :( Id have been up for the Cardiff section but Bristol is a bit far away. My boyfriend and I are into cycling infact hes a competative road cyclist for a team in Surrey!

 

Bristol is too far and surrey isn't, last time I looked at a map bristol is only 30 mins drive away :!:

 

will look at the schedule I might be able to do the support for the middlesboro to thirsk section....

 

Lol my boyfriend lives in Surrey in the week for commuting to work so yeah ... surrey is further away than Bristol LOL :)

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Grrr ok ill do Bristol but only if someone does it with me! I dont like cycling on my own LOL :lol: Can my boyfriend take part too? Oh and is it ok if he does if he wears his team kit as he doesnt have anything plain to wear

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I dont want to be a pain in the arse but at this rate there aint going to be a cycle run at this pick up rate is there?

I need to to know what is going to be needed logisticaly its going to take some organising at my end, I DONT WANT TO WAIT UNTIL AUGUST TO BE TOLD so get your finger out whoever is organising this.

I could at a push cover 2/3 sections if this helps but I need to know?

Carry on!

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Don't PANIC! the initial launch was made at the last cutting edge meeting (19th February) at that time each committee member was assigned a task towards getting the "detail" ready. Mine was to get the website up and running which is the main place to get upto date information.

 

( http://www.shoerecycling.co.uk )

 

Its my understanding some information will be printed in the next edition of CuttingEdge magazine.

 

The next cuttingedge committee meeting is 15th April 2008. I will report all the latest information on the challenge wednesday 16th April.

 

Lee

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The spaces for the cycling challenge are beginning to fill & although the event will be stronger if more than one rider or team per section take part I would recommend that all members consider very seriously about taking part & sign up as soon as possible to get you media campaign under way.

 

The CuttingEdge committee had a productive meeting yesterday afternoon, with many issues being resolved. The biggest issue noted for those taking part is timings.

Within the next few days a rough time guide for stage starts will be published on the www.shoerecycling.co.uk web site. I will let you know when this is published. At this stage this will only be to the day & am/pm to give us a closer idea of riding times for each stage. This will be updated closer to the challenge with meeting points & times.

 

Lee

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There has been some changes to the challenge web site! Due to our lack of experience! We have today revised the sponsor form for the event, to allow for gift aid donations for UK tax payers. It has also been agreed at the CuttingEdge meeting on Tuesday that the support vehicles will be manned by a dedicated team, rather than volunteers to help with the logistics.

So the form of riders on the www.shoerecycling.co.uk home page is now a list of teams & riders.

If you have already signed up to take part & you would like your riders listed please Email your team members to admin@shoerecycling.co.uk to have your team updated.

 

Also you will now see that the times & days for each stage have been added. This is the preliminary stage times & could be subject to change, but will give everyone a good idea of when they will be riding.

Exact check point positions to be announced in due course

 

Lee

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Things are beginning to gather pace over at www.shoerecycling.co.uk we are half way to getting at least one team riding each section. some sections are proving very popular with a total of 39 teams signing up to 34 sections so far.

 

This is a great opportunity to generate some local publicity & raise money for Children in need at the same time. so be sure to keep an eye on the web site to watch the challenge grow.

 

If you haven't signed up do it NOW!

 

Lee

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There has been some changes to the route times for the cycling challenge, following a more detailed route build.

 

I have also plotted the routes on some Ordnance Survey mapping software

which proves that the longest section is now 22 miles and the shortest

is 18 miles.

The times have changed as I have been more precise about each section

and have built in an extra time cushion for certain sections where there

is likely to be more congestion, or hills or as in the case of

Gleneagles Hotel for example there is more opportunity for a photo

shoot. We shall also be finishing earlier each day which allows more

slack if we are running behind. Hopefully these time changes will not be

a problem for the people who have already put their names down.

 

*All the changes are now on the web site, including a PDF route download of each section map*

 

Due to the Rutland section being moved to a Monday & the consideration that I will be needed to keep the web site up to the minute during the challenge I will no longer be cycling a section. However I will be on the end of the phone through out the challenge should anyone need any information or help.

 

 

Lee

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OK where do I start?

First of all I volunteered to give up my time to take part in this and have provisionally said that we will cover 2/3 sections so you can imagine my surprise today when I received the registration packs telling me that there is going to be a FEE for registering to cycle each section so I have THREE invoices for 60 odd quid what the F*ck is that all about?

I no doubt will be told what that is all about but never read anything regarding payment towards Cutting Edge!

so its a minimum sponsorship of £100 on each sheet not in my reckoning its only a minimum if they donate a pound for to "buy" a "free" shoe shine sponge.............

who really is thinking this up?

this is a side issue the sections I have been given are not what I had agreed with Chris Wilson so we have a problem?

carry on!

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Hi

Firstly thank you for your support of the Cycle challenge and I am sure Chris will be contacting you shortly and iron out any problems you may have, so please deal with him directly on your comment.

 

I would like to mention that all the committee of Cutting Edge work voluntarily and we are not experts in running an event of this magnitude and appreciate everyones help and support because we will make this work with your help.

 

The aim is to promote getting your shoes repaired and your shops to as wide an audience as possible and create as much media attention as we go. Don't ditch your shoes Repair. The £20 registration fee is crutial in helping towards the running costs of each section and also helps us to know that you will be commiting to the time slot. We want to raise £20,000 for the charity Children in Need and tried to think of a simple solution so you the repairers didn't have to hard sell for a collection, the sponges are following the idea of the Poppy by donating and getting something free and these collection box's can simply be placed by the till area, an idea and if a bad one, I think I am to blame (sponges have been donated without profit). The collection box also advertises what we are doing for charity and can be placed in store even if you are not cycling a section so all can get involved.

 

Expenses include

Support vehicle

A driver

A media contact

A member of the committee

First Aid

Cameras (photo call at each section for local media)

Spare parts

Spare bike

Fuel

Hotel accomodation for the above

 

The committee member will not be paid for their time and is not paid for any of the time given.

 

Cutting Edge is spending on a National PR campaign, printing and expenses. We have Filicity Kendals shoes to repair and take with us and should have another profile celebrity shortly, the event will be fun and most of all succeed.

 

Chris at the helm is just what we need, his drive and determination will make this the event of the year, centurary. Let us know what you can do to help and what support you need in making this happen.

 

Shoe-String this weekend are promoting at the Harborough Carnival and our float is all about shoe repairs and the Cycle Challenge. If we can do this and we haven't got a shoe repair shop just think what you can do.

 

If we achieve an extra 5% of the population repairing shoes what a success that will be...

 

Hope this helps and sorry its so long winded.

 

Caroline

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The Shoe repairer cycling challenge is well under way but there are just a few sections that we don’t have riders for these are

 

Section 6. Edinburgh 19.00 Friday 5th Sept

(map)

 

Section 7. Edinburgh South 06.00 Saturday 6th Sept

(map)

 

Section 32. Windborne 14.00 Tuesday 9th Sept

(map)

 

Section 42. Dartmoor 08.00 Tuesday 9th Sept

(map)

 

Section 40. Iybridge 12.00 Tuesday 9th Sept

(map)

 

So please give the challenge the boast it needs by filling the final empty sections.

 

Don’t forget you can also sign to cycling any section even if there are others already enrolled the more the merrier !

 

Don’t forget to visit http://www.shoerecycling.co.uk for all the latest news & updates.

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It is with some Disappointment that we have six riders pull out of there sections leaving another 5 empty!

 

The full list of sections we need to fill are these, please if you are “half” thinking about it, stop thinking & do something to raise money for children in need. Its only a hand full of sections empty but the jigsaw still needs completing & time is running out!

 

Section 6. Edinburgh 19.00 Friday 5th Sept (map)

Section 7. Edinburgh South 06.00 Saturday 6th Sept (map)

Section 11. Newcastle 14.00 Saturday 6th Sept (map)

Section 32. Wimborne 14.00 Tuesday 9th Sept (map)

Section 64. Wishaw 08.00 Saturday 6th Sept (map)

Section 58. Kendal 06.00 Sunday 7th Sept (map)

Section 55. Manchester 12.30 Sunday 7th Sept (map)

Section 42. Dartmoor 08.00 Tuesday 9th Sept (map)

Section 41. Plymouth 10.00 Tuesday 9th Sept (map)

Section 40. Iybridge 12.00 Tuesday 9th Sept (map)

 

On a positive note! The majority of the sponsor packs will be going out next week, Chris himself is packing them up & shipping them out. So the remaining “committed” riders expect some goodies through the post towards the end off next week.

 

Lee

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With the recent edition of Cutting Edge magazine you will have received two posters about the National Shoe Repair Week. Please do not display them - throw them away. Whilst we are participating in the cycle challenge, the posters do not fit in with our corporate image.

 

Thanks for your co operation.

 

Peter Harris

 

Whilst I fully understand that these posters do not “fit the image” Perhaps a more charitable option would be to post them back to CuttingEdge so that

 

“Children in need”

could benefit from there use in a participants window.

 

Perhaps Employees who are feeling a little bit more charitable, would pop them in an envelope & post them back to

 

Cutting Edge

Barking House

Farndon Road

Market Harborough

Leicestershire

LE16 9NP

 

 

Lee

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