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Standing together against domestic violence

The 112

112 Bike Ride 2014

 

We are hugely grateful to the 53 participants who made it through the rain and wind to take part in our 6th 112 on 10th May 2014. Their efforts were all the more impressive as were those of the bakers, contributors and volunteers on the day who all made it another memorable occasion. To date we have raised over nine thousand pounds, see our Just Giving page for updates.

Please email the 112 Team to find out about upcoming rides.

About The Ride

On average 112 women die as a result of domestic violence every year. Standing Together and friends set out to ride 112 kilometres in one day to highlight the prevalence of domestic violence within society and the damage it causes. Cyclists and runners also took part in The Roundabout, an 11.2 mile route around Windsor Great Park. The event has been a great success over the last 4 years.

Starting at Windsor Great Park, The Challenge route travels along a beautifully scenic route, through Berkshire and Oxfordshire and then back into the Great Park. You can download and print the Challenge Route, or for the more technologically advance amongst you, a previous participant very kindly plotted the full route into a Sat Nav format, which you can now download directly on to your own Sat Nav.

The Roundabout Route (an 11.2 mile route you can cycle or run) starts at the same location as The Challenge but then follows the cycle path around the Great Park itself.

For more information please email or call us on 020 8748 5717.

Now you can donate by simply texting!

You can donate to Standing Together in a few seconds via text and help us on our fight to end domestic abuse even if you cannot cycle this year! 

Simply text:

BYKE70 £amount

to the number 70070.

Thank you!

"Just love the day and all the people involved"

2013 Roundabout Rider

"The team and volunteers were very supportive and love - thank you so much."

"Really liked the camaraderie at the start and the first few km where everyone stuck together - it was great to be part of"

2013 112 Challenge Riders

 

British Bike Hire will be present at this year’s 112 and have kindly offered to discount the price of their hire as well as donating 10% of each hire back to the charity this year.

£20.00 bike for the short ride using normal hybrid or mountain style bikes and £40.00 for the long ride for the racing and light weight hybrid bikes.

This Price will include the loan of the helmets for the event. Please contact: tony@britishbikehire.co.uk to book a bike and for more information.

 

 

Support The 112

The costs involved in putting on the 112, for so many riders, are considerable.  With this in mind, could you support the event by donating any of the following?

  • 200 pasta dishes to keep our amazing riders going along the route

  • 15x 5litre bottles of water to keep our riders hydrated along the route

  • A van to enable a support vehicle to follow the riders providing invaluable assistance and reassurance should anyone run into any difficulties en-route

  • A donation towards the petrol to fuel our support vehicle on the day

  • The printing of one/all of the following:

    * 200 fundraising packs

    * 200 certificates and feedback forms

    * 200 route maps

    * 200 identity cards

    * 500 A4 black arrows onto coloured card

  • 200 energy bars / flapjacks to fuel our riders at a checkpoint

  • 400 pieces of fruit to provide our riders with a much needed boost along the way

  • 30 loafs of soreen - which went down a treat with our riders in 2012!

  • 200 gifts to go in our goody-bags, provided to our riders as a thank you for the incredible efforts they go to support our charity

  • 200 plain white/purple t-shirts for us to have our logo printed for our riders to wear along the route

  • The printing of 200 t-shirts - we could provide the t-shirts and would be very happy to have your logo alongside ours

  • A pop-up gazebo to help us keep our lovely volunteers, and all the paperwork and food, dry!

We would be very willing to proudly publicise you as a generous supporter of the event in press releases, on paperwork, t-shirts, our website and on our other social media sites.  A donation towards the cost of, or a discount would also be gratefully received if the full amount is too much to ask for!

To discuss these donations or other ways you could support the 112 please email or call us on 020 8748 5717.

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112 Charity Bike Ride 2013

Last year’s 112 Charity Bike Ride was a huge success where we have had the most number of riders yet! Last year we had 114 riders join up forces to cycle and raise money for Standing Together, creating a wonderful, exciting atmosphere. None of this would have been possible if it were not for you, our wonderful supporters, old and new, who gave up your time to train and partake in our challenging yet exhilarating and satisfying 112km bike ride. It is because of you we have raised over £23,000 to continue on our mission to keep every victim safe from domestic abuse.

All of our supporters have done amazing work in raising money for Standing Together. We would like to give a special shout-out to our two top fundraisers who have gone above and beyond physical boundaries of possibilities and have, combined, climbed the Himalayas, ran marathons (yes, plural), done an Ironman, amongst a myriad of other highly demanding activities – Sheena Sidhu (who has raised over £2,500) and Michael Mullender (who has raised close to £1,500)!

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The 112 – 2012

 

 

Saturday 12th May 2012

Windsor Great Park


108 riders rode on Saturday 12th may to defeat domestic violence. Lovely day, great ride, fantastic helpers. We can make a difference.

This was the day we had worked towards. Would it rain? Would people turn up? Would the gazebo work? We need not have worried. Everyone arrived at the start line in Windsor Great Park knowing we had a great foundation for a fantastic day. The fundraising had gone well (before a pedal was even pedalled we had raised over £12K), the weather had turned, the organisation worked and the gazebo allowed us to turn a mass of canvas and poles into a form of shelter.

Every year we wonder if people will continue to come and support us, help us and ride to defeat domestic violence. And on this occasion, our fourth 112, they were there in numbers. Over 100 people assembled to ride, in a variety of ways, distances that were way beyond their comfort zones. At the start of the challenge (the full 112km distance) many were people relying on historic fitness not having ridden a bike for years. Others were confident they could do the trip but were worried about the hills (very wisely as it turned out). Probably the majority did not have a clue how it was going to be but were nonetheless determined to give it a shot.

Of course our worries about the weather (rain) meant that a clear sky was what we thought we all needed. It would be fair to say that the wind was of secondary interest but riding up the never-ending slope to Stokenchurch in what could be described as a significant breeze made the riders examine their inner selves. There was a rumour that if you had a head wind this would turn into a tail wind at some time on a circular tour. Apparently not.

Most people felt that the food and welcome at the checkpoints gave them the energy and will to complete the distance. Some notable times (not that it was a race) were posted – and those who did it just in just over four hours were clearly impressive. Punctures seemed to occur with boring regularity and one of these may have stopped one of our consistent returners from finally achieving the finishing first tag. Next year? It was also interesting to note that those who had been policing this patch for years decided to patrol a greater area of the route than was strictly necessary.  A fine example of neighbourhood policing whilst off duty. Stories of note were those of the 68 year old finishing in 5.5 hours and a couple of women beating most of the men. Gender equality at its finest!

This year we also had the offer of hiring bikes from British Bike Hire and this was met with enthusiasm by a good number of those taking part. They were nice bikes too!

For those who had the more relaxed pleasure of riding the 11.2 miles around the park itself, the crowds of pedestrians and dogs made the tour a little challenging. A working bell helped and so did patience and forgiveness. Particularly impressive were those riders who felt that it was essential to repeat the roundabout route three times. And whilst this article is about celebrating everyone who participated it is only fair to name Carla, Hannah and Konrad, who are 9, 10 and 11 years old and were determined to do the distance and raise funds for Standing Together – well done to you three!

All those who took part seemed to be feeling pride, exhaustion and relief. The massed cheering every time a rider appeared certainly raised the spirits and the fairy cakes and a hot drink soothed all the aches away. Great thanks are due to all those who rode but also those who worked so hard on the day and previously to make it a success.

This was a very important day for Standing Together. Obviously we cannot do our work combating domestic violence without fundraising. More importantly, though, we have again raised awareness of the issue of domestic violence itself and perhaps, in a small way, we have moved society on towards a world where abusive behaviour towards ones partner is recognised and treated as unacceptable.

Thank you for helping us to do that.

We were very proud of our Chief Exec, Anthony Wills, who came in 5th, even though he insisted 'it is not a race'.

With the ride complete he finally took a well deserved rest (see pic below)!

 

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Last modified: January 2013