Andy Tucker (Newbury Velo), Teresa Robbins (Reading Cycling Club), and Steve Dawes (your Newbury Road Club president) are getting behind Gary Shaughnessy in his quest to raise funds for the Parkinson’s UK charity.
Gary is very much an experienced and enthusiastic runner. He regularly runs marathons, recently achieving two consecutive personal bests at Paris and Newport this month, but to see him on a bike is a bit of a rare event. So it’s not an understatement to say that choosing to cycle 1,400 miles from Liverpool to the Ukraine border really is an extreme challenge, especially for someone diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015.
When Gary asked for volunteers to cycle alongside him on this trip, it was an easy choice to join his support team. Alongside the local club cyclists, Gary also has members of his local running club, Tadley Runners, onboard.
The ride started on 7th May, in the lead up to Liverpool hosting the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the Ukraine, last year’s winners, arriving 14 days later at the Ukrainian border near Lviv. Fifty Zurich Insurance Group offices will be visited en route, in order to mark the 50th anniversary of the Z Zurich Foundation, a charitable organisation which focuses on supporting causes that benefit vulnerable people worldwide. Every pound that Gary fundraises for Parkinson's UK will be matched and given by the Z Zurich Foundation to the children's aid organisation Terre des hommes. This organisation is providing psychosocial support to children who have had to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in Ukraine.
>> You can follow the teams progress on a live tracker here
Whilst this trip is plenty enough of a challenge on its own, Gary doesn’t stop here. You can read about the other extreme challenges he’s taking on this year by clicking here: www.garyschallenges.com.
Lastly, the important bit, please visit and donate here. Every donation is hugely appreciated!!!