AWRC - Beat the Border Challenge

Tour de Walkshire 2021

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Beat the Border in 3 days - how hard can it be?!

This seemed like a good idea at the time.

At the AWRC, we'd just announced the successful funding of a ground-breaking collaboration with Yorkshire Cancer Research to design and deliver a programme that helps people with a cancer diagnosis to prepare for and recover from treatment. The project, which was 2 and a half years in the making, is a partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and the Cancer Alliance and aims to help 1000's people across South Yorkshire to survive a cancer diagnosis over the next few years. We are honoured to be trusted with this project and are very grateful to Yorkshire Cancer Research and NHS colleagues for the support. 

The evidence suggests that undergoing cancer treatment is akin to running a marathon and so there is a real synergy between the vision and mission of the AWRC - to transform lives through innovations that help people move - and what we are trying to do with this project to support people with a cancer diagnosis. It's what the AWRC was set-up to do.

So, when Yorkshire Cancer Research announced the ‘Tour de Walkshire’ campaign, we thought what a great opportunity to help raise funds so that Yorkshire Cancer Research can continue to help fund projects that prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Ian Brookes and I from the AWRC both like riding our bikes and love a challenge. A few text messages later and the challenge was set. 450miles. 3 days. Over the Bank Holiday at the end of May.  Beat the Border challenge. Done.  

We then thought about it for a moment. 450miles is a long way. The longest either of us have ever ridden is just over 100miles in one go. We’ve certainly not done it back to back.  It is madness and we will suffer BUT as Ian said - it will be nothing compared to what people have to go through when they receive a cancer diagnosis. No matter how sore our backsides, or fatigued our legs, we can choose to stop and it will stop. People with a cancer diagnosis don’t have that luxury and so we will give it all we can to show our support by attempting to complete this challenge.

Our plan is 200 miles on day 1, 150 miles on day 2 and 100 miles on Day 3. We won’t be doing this alone. Friends, family and colleagues as well as businesses and the cycling community in Sheffield have offered support. We’ll tell you more about this in due course but for now have a look down the back of your sofa and please support in any way you can so that more people in Yorkshire survive cancer.

Best wishes and thanks

Rob Copeland and Ian Brookes

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Thank you to our Sponsors

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Richard Mangham

Go... Stellaton Support Riders. Of course it's possible, use your Yorkshire Grit.

£200

Mum And Dad

Well done Robert and Ian. What a fantastic effort for a brilliant cause! Very proud of you.

£159

Extrudakerb Ltd

Donation from Extrudakerb Ltd

£106

Anonymous

Good luck from Team VV

£100

Chris Lawton

I don't know Ian , but if he likes a challenge like yourself Rob I'm sure you both won't back down . Great ride for a great cause . Safe peddling .

£65

The Choppins's

Well done guys! Managed to round up the Choppins' for some donations

£64

Jon Wheat

Thanks for having me along for a bit on Friday guys. Totally in awe of this challenge! Hope yesterday went well and all the best for the final leg today!

£64

Ollie Hart

The Harty crew are right behind you Rob (as I usually am if ever I ride with you!) Great work buddy

£53

James Churchill

Best of luck mate. Hope the weather’s kind to you and you’ve invested in an expensive arse cushion and plenty of ice to aid the recovery!

£53

Sue Davies

God Speed

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Simon Goodwill

Absolutely Wonderful Riding Chaps

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Emma Richardson

Good luck! You’ll be back in your garden with a beer in no time at all... Em x

£53

Phil And Rachel King

Wishing you all the best Rob and Ian. This is a great challenge for a great cause. Chapeau!

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Jim Catto

Good luck Rob

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The Godbolds Xx

What an amazing challenge and for a great cause. Good luck, smash it but importantly try and enjoy it 🚲🙌💪😝😘 Lots of love

£53

Nuzest Europe

Well done guys from everyone at Nuzest Europe!

£53

Jason Grocott

£50

Anonymous

£50

Jon Samuel

Good luck kid!

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Liz Holt

You’ll smash it! Safe pedalling xx

£50

Steve Peat

Good luck guys. ✊💨💨💨

£50

The Hollidays

Wow. Just wow. That is one crazy challenge guys! As I write this I *think* you’re almost there!

£50

Nick Birley

£50

Alan Chadwick

Great effort, one of your support riders Michael Hutchinson told me about this.

£50

Jamie Young

Good luck you two, we're all behind you.

£45

Liz Holcroft

Well done on a great achievement for a very good cause! Lizzie and Jonno

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Darren Huckerby

Amazing effort to wake up and repeat. Hope your undercarriages’ve recovered by now.

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Matthew Dilley

Nice one Bobby. Sorry I can't be there to put the hurt on. Bet you'll be gasping for some steady Matt cafe after this :)

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Liz Loz

You're amazing

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Adam Mairs

Ride on mate. No doubt you’ll smash it and probably take a couple of crowns along the way.

£37

James Hatfield

There's a pint waiting in Apin for you as well.

£37

Phil

May the wind be behind you all the way!

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Gersldine Burns

Gods luck EP xx

£37

Daniel Mcginnis

Way to go Rob, inspiring challenge and a worthy cause!

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Steve Haake

Well done! Which bits hurt most?

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Ann Stanyer

All the Best Rob

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Mr Luke Allen

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Gordon Bishop

£27

Joel Brookfield

You just about passed my front door yesterday so that is already a big achievement. I guess that means it’s time to cough up....

£27

Hayley Mcmullan

Overwhelmingly impressive!!!

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Ray

Worthy cause Ian. Well done both of you and good luck.

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Neil Fryer

Good luck Ian and the team! Ride well , ride safe .

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Jean-paul Wheater

Go, go, go! Keeping spinning those cranks Ian. Every confidence in you. Strong legs, sunshine and tailwinds to you, Rob and all the support you’re taking with you.

£27

Kris + Vee

450 miles! The ambition itself is impressive, but the achievement even more so. Godspeed on your journey guys!

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Ray

Worthy cause Ian. Well done and good luck.

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Andy Farr

Best of luck Gents for a great cause. Safe riding.

£25

Anonymous

Thankyou for raising money for this great charity

£21

Gareth And Francine

£21

Lisa Mooney

Great work and a super amount of power to you both for the big day!

£21

Dave Andrews (strava)

Well done all of you, massive ride Dave Andrews (Strava)

£21

Karen Hallam

Great cause

£21

Charlie Foster

Good luck and as a parent if a child who is a cancer survivor all our best wishes from the Foster family

£21

The Mumfs

Nice one! Good luck.

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Jason Brannan

I’ll be thinking about you when I’m running up 10,000 ft of hills that weekend, and smiling as I realise you’ll be hurting as much as I am! Just a brilliant thing to do, well done boys. Chapeau!

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Liam Humphreys

Good luck fellas!!

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John Saxton

Great challenge Chaps for a tremendous cause! Best of luck - you will be helping to save Yorkshire lives every step of the way!

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Jim Davies

Great cause, best of luck. Jim

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Alex P.

£21

Adam Royles

Well done guys! Great cause!

£21

Ben Heller

Amazing job guys! Hopefully you'll both be able to sit down again within a couple of weeks.

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Claire Fretwell

Amazing! Good luck Rob & Ian!

£21

Dr Julian Humphrey

Great route. Enjoy the ride!

£21

Mike Brannan

Fantastic cause and awesome challenge, thanks for doing it gents. Not being blessed by living in 'God's own country' I won't be able to support in person, but will be there in spirit. Best of luck.

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Greg Barker

Phenomenal stuff Ian, best of luck for the weekend. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

£20

Lisa Leverton

Eat, drink & do NOT touch the Tigger trigger Ian!!! Proud to be supporting you & YRC 😁

£20

Helen Royles

Good luck!

£20

Cynthia Dale

Very well done. What a fantastic cause!

£20

Anonymous

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Simon Shibli

Good luck Rob and Ian. Warriors should suffer their pain silently. You guys are warriors.

£20

Andrew Ebbage

Superb ride and a wonderful adventure for such a worthy cause. Chapeau, Ian 👏

£20

Gail Phillips

Wishing you a roaring tailwind, sunshine and a cold beer at the end of each day. Good luck gents xx

£20

Maddi Smith

Well done Ian. What a fantastic achievement. Such a worthy cause. Rest for a day or two now!

£20

Claire Parkinson

Fingers crossed the weather gods are on your side! Wonderful cause well done both for being part of it. #youcandoit!

£20

Kate & James Hunt

Good luck Rob - we'll be praying for kind weather for you both. Chappeau!

£20

Tom Hughes

Good luck chaps!

£20

Peter And Elaine Lawton

I hope all goes well for a worthy cause .

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Adam Simpson

Good Luck

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Maxine Gregory

Great effort, well done. I have absolutely no doubt that you will smash this!

£16

Diane Burkinshaw

Fantastic achievement and for a really good cause. You going to be making a habit or cycling 100 mile plus on consecutive days.....?

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Mt

Good luck all, I'm sure you will smash it

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Jonathan Belford

Should be easy, just don't fall off on a ditch

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David Curtis

Epic guys. You’ll burn more calories in 3 days than I do in 3 months. Good luck.

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Jim Suthetland

I hope you enjoy the ride as well as the achievement Ian 👍😊🚴🏾‍♂️

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Laura Elstub

Wishing you the very best of luck from across the pond! xx

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Lucy & Robbie Connell

Congratulations!! We’re both super proud of you xxx

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Leon Foster

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John Kelley

I managed to run about 4km over the bank holiday. I figure going the extra 447.51 miles is worth £15!

£16

Simon C

Epic challenge guys, good luck!

£16

Vicki Faith

Great job!

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Liam Bromiley

£16

Sandra Abraham

£16

Kathryn Scott

Crazy distances but really willing you on!

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Charlotte Thompson

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Conor

WOW, AMAZING challenge, I have NO doubt you will smash it. BRILLIANT

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Roy Emery

Go Rob! All the best bro 🚵‍♂️

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Adrian Beckett

Well done guys 🤘

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Simon Temple

Well done on the first day both of you. You looked like you needed a bit of a sit down this evening.

£16

Ashley Wilcox

What an epic challenge! Best of luck to you both!

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Anonymous

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Steve Cocking

Good luck and I know you will smash it👊🚴👊

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Sue Brayshaw

Well done all, and especially Lisa-you’re a machine!😁

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Katarzyna Machaczek

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J~leo (me Juli)

Well done Ian!! You are amazing! What an adventure! You did it! I knew you would to be fair.. you are a true hero doing all this to help raise money for such a worthy cause! Take care now! Chill out and see you soon I hope! X

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Anna Myers

Good luck guys!!! 450 miles on two wheels in three days is a tall order, but I have every faith you'll achieve your goal.

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James Allen

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Amanda Brothwell

Good effort Rob & Ian! and such a worthy cause too

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Anonymous

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Kieran Smith

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The Shenton Family - From Biddulph

All the very best to you Rob and your team xx

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Phil Jennison

Great cause mate you ll smash it epic ride

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Joff

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Anonymous

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Simon Goodair

Well done Ian. SG

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Ian Turgoose

Good luck both - hope the weather picks up for you!

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Karen Burns

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John M Himsworth

£11

Adam Lathbury

Well done all! It's been great to keep a track or your progress over the weekend!

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Nick Hamilton

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Marcus Dunn

Great effort! 👍

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Mark Rigby

Well done Ian

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Martin Webb

This is some challenge! And for a great cause. Very inspiring. Good luck both.

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Val Jefferson

Good Luck Ian, stay safe Lots of loveVal xx

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Cathy Jefferson

Good luck Ian Lots of love Cathy xx

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Beefy

Keep pushing Wiggo!

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Vanessa Martin

Great cause, best of luck all x

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Claire Woodward

Good luck Rob and Ian quite a challenge but I know you will do it for a fantastic cause

£10

Marie White

Well done to all of you.

£10

Darren Cooling

Good luck Ian!

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Sir Grum Kos

Smash it!!

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Ann Myatt

Well done Robert and Ian!

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Pete Hankey

Brilliant Robert and Ian. Well done.

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Jean Windsor

Congratulations on completing your fantastic challenge. Well done!

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Elaine Duncan

Fantastic Effort!!

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David Hazelton

Never had any doubt you'd do it. Hard as nails.

£10

Rachel Davison

Good luck fellas!!!

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Helen Oliver

Good luck!

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Jenny & Brett

Good luck Ian! XX

£10

Rachel Davison

Fab effort Rob and Ian!

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Catherine Homer

Good luck! Beers on the AWRC terrace in the summer to celebrate this!

£10

Ally Mogg

Great work, for a fantastic cause

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Jen Carlring-wright

Super effort Rob and Ian for a very worthwhile cause!

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Steve & Deb Oakes

Wishing you all the luck in the world from Steve, Deb & The Boys xxx

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Jamie Burlison

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Zoe Forbes

Good luck Ian! Hope to join you on one of the days

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Nik Kudiersky

All the best guys! Fingers crossed for good weather

£5

Lynne Haslam

Well done team and Kieran well worth the burn!

£5

Steve Wood

£5

Joan Forster

Well done Robert and Ian.

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Jay Wtn

Good luck lads

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Lorna Lockett

£5

Rachel Devaney

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Anonymous

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Carole Harris