Congratulations to Toni Ashby, who in October ran the Cabbage Patch 10 in memory of her friend Gavin Murray - who was also a great friend of 40tude - in her first ever race having only recently taking up running.
Says Toni, “I'm not (or wasn't) much of a runner but have always been amazed at the determination shown by others when they take part in the Marathon. My dad first ran the Marathon when he was 50 and this was a very proud day for our family. This year, I took the children to watch my good friend Ian complete his first marathon in a brilliant time, and that day I decided it was time I participated rather than watched.”
"I applied for a place in the Marathon ballot and have been increasing my running distance over the last few months. I was absolutely gutted when I didn't get a place for 2018 because I wanted to fund-raise for a charity that means a lot to a special family in our community."
The Cabbage Patch 10 was only planned to be a milestone race in Toni's training but she kindly decided to fund-raise via this race instead. So far she has raised more than £3,300 for 40tude – thank you Toni! If you would like to sponsor Toni please go to her fundraising page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/toniashby2
Congratulations to all our amazing cyclists who have recently completed our seventh annual Cycle Challenge in Portugal, three and a half days of riding in scorching heat!
This year our peloton crossed the width of Portugal , starting near the border with Spain and finishing at Sagres, Europe’s most south westerly point. From the rolling hills close to the border, we rode down to the hills and valleys and into Vilamoura. From here we headed back up into the hills to the spa town of Monchique and the region’s highest climb, and then ride to Europe's most south-westerly point, Sagres. Our route was based around the Volta ao Algarve and offered the opportunity to take on the mighty Foia and Alto do Malhão climbs.
Well done and thank you to everyone for all their incredible efforts on this 40tude fundraising challenge, helping us to continue to support inspiring projects to transform the early diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer, saving lives.
It's Day 3 of our seventh annual Cycle Challenge - this year we're crossing the width of Portugal, starting near the border with Spain and finishing at Sagres, Europe’s most south westerly point. Based on the Volta ao Algarve, our route yesterday took on the mighty Alto do Malhão, with Foia yet to come.
Today our cyclists have entered with their usual wonderful spirit into our new 'Ride in Pink' Day: a celebration of the many lady riders in the peloton this year and an important reminder also that colon cancer affects women as well as men. Well done everyone!
Our 2017 London SUP Marathon was another great success on Saturday 10th June. Some 50 paddlers braved gusty winds and scorching sunshine while paddling a marathon distance - 26 miles - of the River Thames, raising awareness and funds to help cure colon cancer along the way. Thanks to the efforts of all those involved more than £20,000 has been raised so far, to help 40tude continue to support pioneering research projects targeted at the early diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer.
To learn more about this fantastic event please watch our film created for 40tude by Nicky Brown at Techsec Media.
Thank you to all those who took part in our fifth London Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Marathon on Saturday, 10th June 2017.
More than 50 paddlers successfully completed this year's SUP Marathon - a long distance mass paddle over 26 miles on the River Thames from Shepperton to Putney. This year our paddlers overcame gusty winds and blistering sun along the course and helped to raise vital awareness and funds to help cure colon cancer.
Once again we'd like to thank our event partners, SUP specialist company Active360 and all our sponsors and supporters for their help in making this event a great success, in particular Gino's Cafe at Cowey Sale park in Walton, The Bell Inn at Hampton, Kingston Rowing Club, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and Imperial College Boat Club. We owe our incredible volunteers and supporters a huge thank you also for their help once again throughout the day. A fantastic achievement - well done everyone!
We're excited to announce that registration for the 2017 40tude London Stand-Up Paddleboard Marathon is now open!
Please come and join us on Saturday 10th June 2017 for our fifth annual 40tude London SUP Marathon. It's sure to be another fantastic adventure where great memories and new friends will be made, while raising vital funds to help cure colon cancer.
The 40tude London SUP Marathon is a long distance (approximately 26 miles) mass paddle on the River Thames from Shepperton to Putney. The course combines tidal and non-tidal sections of the river passing through three locks and under 14 bridges while taking in some of the river’s most picturesque sights, including Hampton Court, Syon House, Kew Gardens, Ham House and Richmond Hill. At the end of the day, we’ll celebrate our achievements with a party at the finish in Putney.
This year we’re offering registered teams the chance to race Red Paddle Co's four-person Dragon boards on the last stretch of the marathon from Hammersmith to Putney. Each Dragon board team will, we hope, include also a representative from St. Mark’s Hospital, whose inspiring projects you will be helping to support by taking part in this event. Dragon board racers are limited to four teams so act now to secure your place!
For more details about this fantastic 40tude challenge please see our Events page.
It's back for a fifth year! Our next London Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Marathon will be held on Saturday, 10h June 2017. Please keep this date in your diaries and help us spread the word about this fun but challenging paddle over a marathon distance on the River Thames.
Well done and thank you to all who successfully completed our Catalonia Cycle Challenge from 5th-9th October 2016. This year our intrepid cyclists took on the hills of northern Spain, completing a three and a half day cycle ride from the mountains to the Mediterranean, following in the tyre tread of the Vuelta a España and taking on routes the pros frequently ride. Covering up to 160km a day with ascents of over 2500m, once again the 40tude peloton has helped to raise both awareness and funds - more than £45,000 so far - to help transform the treatment of colon cancer.
Congratulations to all our amazing paddlers who completed 40tude's 4th London Stand Up Paddleboard Marathon on Saturday 18th June. Not only did they successfully paddle a marathon distance from Shepperton to Putney, they also helped to raise vital funds to help cure colon cancer.
We're delighted that thanks to their efforts the donations from this event are totalling more than £40,000 with more funds promised, enabling us to support the pioneering research programmes being carried out at St. Mark’s Hospital into the improved treatment of colon cancer.
40tude would like to extend its particular thanks to the event leaders, SUP specialist company Active360 and all our sponsors and supporters: LV=, Kings Park Capital, Apsley Speciality, OSTCFX, Popcorn Outdoor, Maxifuel, Alibi Drinks, Gino's Cafe at Cowey Sale, The Anglers pub at Walton, The Bell Inn at Hampton, Kingston Rowing Club, Brentford Community Sports Trust and Imperial Rowing Club, without whose kind support the organisation of this event would not be possible. We owe our incredible volunteers and supporters a huge thank you also for their part in making the day such a success.
Our 2016 Cycle Challenge will be taking us to northern Spain to tackle the hills of Catalonia. Over three and a half days from Wednesday 5th October to Sunday 9th October 2016 you will ride from the mountains to the Med, taking in stunning scenery, great Catalonian hospitality and iconic rides often cycled by the pros.
Suitable for cyclists of all abilities, this fully guided Challenge will remain long in the memory and is not to be missed. More details about the ride, choice of routes and a registration link will be made available soon; for now please do keep these dates safe in your diary.
It's back for a fourth year! Our next London Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Marathon, which will be held on Saturday, 18th June 2016. Paddle a marathon distance - 26 miles - of the River Thames from Shepperton to Putney, taking in some picturesque sights along the way, including Hampton Court, Syon House, Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill - and help raise vital funds to support research into the improved diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer.
Places will be limited for this very popular event, which will be led once again by London-based SUP experts Active360 and raised more than £33,000 in 2015. If you are not already familiar with our SUP Marathon, take a look at our short film of our 2015 event produced by David James at On The Day Media, which shows how much fun can be had on the day:
40tude would like to extend a huge thank you to all our dedicated cyclists who with their sponsors and kind supporters have now raised more than £45,000 to help us to continue to support the inspiring work in progress at St Mark's Hospital transforming the treatment of colon cancer. We hope you will enjoy this video record of the event, which was put together by Nicky Brown at Techsec Media.
Congratulations and thank you to all our wonderful cyclists who took part in our 2015 Rewind Cycle Challenge from 9th to 12th September 2015 - marking the occasion of 40tude's fifth birthday.
In celebration of all we have achieved in our first five years, Rewind was designed to be a reversal of the route of our very first ride, and so this year the peloton departed from the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, riding up to 450km back to London over three days.
In addition to completing the challenge, our cyclists have been raising money once again to support the inspirational work into the improved treatment of colon cancer ongoing at St. Mark's Hospital in Harrow. If you would like to make a donation, please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/40tuderewindcyclechallenge/242031
Missed out on the ride this year? If you would be interested in taking part in our 2016 cycle challenge, please do contact Kate at Kate@40tude.org.uk for more details.
40tude would like to extend a huge thank you to all our wonderful 2015 Stand-Up Paddleboard Marathon participants, volunteers and supporters. This year some 75 paddlers took part in our third SUP Marathon from Shepperton to Putney on Saturday, 20th June and have so far raised more than £32,000 in funding for the wonderful work undertaken by St Mark's Hospital into the research and treatment of colon cancer. Thank you to all who took part and all those who played their part in helping to make this event another huge success.
Join us on our forthcoming challenges in 2015, when we will be celebrating all we have achieved in our first five years.
Registration is now open for both our 'Rewind' Paris to London Cycle Challenge and our 2015 London Stand Up Paddleboarding Marathon.
40tude's London Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Marathon - our third in consecutive years - will be held onSaturday 20th June 2015. Paddle a marathon distance - 26 miles - from Shepperton to Putney, taking in the sights of the Thames along the way, followed by a celebratory party that same evening.
Our fifth anniversary guided cycle ride from Paris to London takes place from 9th to 12th September 2015. The distance will be 236 miles over three days or you can pump it up to 3 x 100 mile days. What better way to celebrate our first five years than to ride our first cycle event in reverse, ending up where it all began in London!
See our Events page for more details on our previous SUP and Cycle Challenges. Places on both our 2015 events are limited so please do get in touch now if you wish to register. Email Kate: firstname.lastname@example.org