Registration for our 2017 SUP Marathon is now open!

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.

40tude's cyclists successfully complete our 2016 Cycle Challenge in Catalonia

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.

We're delighted that our new film of our Catalonia Cycle Challenge is now available to view - please take a look and if you can please do share the film widely to help us tell the 40tude story.

40tude's 2016 SUP Marathon a great success!

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. 

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40tude announces date of its next London SUP Marathon: Saturday 18th June 2016

 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:

2015 Rewind Cycle Challenge fundraising exceeds £45,000

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.

40tude Cyclists successfully complete the 2015 Rewind Cycle Challenge: Paris to London

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's third London SUP Marathon another great success - June 2015

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.

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40tude announces 2015 Challenges

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: kate@40tude.org.uk

On the Road to Giro Italiano - March 2014

On Thursday 13 March, 18 brave 40tude supporters donned their Lycra and met at Psycle in Mortimer Street, London W1 to experience firsthand the new fitness workout that is taking London by storm.  With the lights turned low and a series of inspirational tunes pumping out loud, they all worked up quite a sweat under the able instruction of Tameka Small – a Nike athlete and martial arts expert.  Over the course of 45 minutes they spun, clapped, punched and stretched their way to a higher state of physical well being. 

For those who have already committed totaking part in the 2014 Giro Italiano Challenge in October 2014, this was their first opportunity to get the legs pumping and the lungs burning - while sitting alongside those who will be their fellow participants!   It also gave them the chance to reconnect with some past masters of previous challenges.  It was particularly special to share the evening with Drs Michele Marshall and Warren Hyer from St Mark’s Hospital - both of whom were looking dangerously comfortable during the 45-minute Spin.

After all the exertions - and in true 40tude style - there was a post-exercise foray to local bar, Black & Blue, afterwards (and to slightly more familiar surroundings for many!) to catch their breath and connect with friends old and new. 

With our grateful thanks to Colin Waggett - of 40tude fame as well as the mastermind behind Psycle - for hosting the evening and for making everyone feel so welcome.

Macquarie Group Foundation Support - January 2014

40tude curing colon cancer is incredibly fortunate to have the backing of some great sponsors – the latest being the Macquarie Group Foundation. Macquarie provides matched funding - up to £15,000 - to charities which Macquarie staff donate to, and 40tude curing colon cancer is absolutely delighted to have secured the continued support of the Macquarie Group Foundation and Macquarie employees during 2014.

Needless to say - we would love to hear from any other Company or Foundation who might be interested in supporting 40tude curing colon cancer.  If you'd like to discuss such opportunities, then please do contact either: Gordon Moore at: Gordon@cleevehouse.com or Kate@40tude.org.uk.  We'd be delighted to hear from you! 

Family raises £2,345 at 40tude Charity Fundraising Evening - September 2013

The family of Les Twigger, who died in June 2013 of colon cancer, held a fundraising and awareness raising evening in his memory on the 13th September 2013 and raised a magnificent £2,345 for 40tude curing colon cancer.  Jenny Haywood and her children - Caron, Sarah, Mark and Marie - organised a night of musical entertainment performed by local Nuneaton artists as well as an auction and a raffle.  40tude has donated 100% of the proceeds to St Mark’s Hospital Foundation for their vital work into funding bowel cancer projects.  The evening also proved to be a great success from an awareness-raising perspective and two families have gone in for screening as a direct result of the efforts of the family - who are all too aware of how crucial it is to look out for symptoms and get in for screening early.  You can find more valuable information by visiting: www.stmarksfoundation.org/

Gutless Kayaking Challenge - September / October 2013

In September and October 2013, Justin Hansen successfully kayaked 420 miles from Skipton in North Yorkshire to Bristol while connected to a life support system for 24 hours a day.  In undertaking this massive challenge, he created a new world record for an endurance trip surviving on artificial nutrition and raised a formidable £10,575.66 for St Mark's Hospital Foundation.  This latest achievement followed Justin's first kayaking challenge on the 1st October 2010 when Justin, together with a handful of friends, completed a 240-mile kayak adventure from Manchester to London when they raised £18,159.53 for St Mark's Hospital Foundation.

Why 'gutless'?
Due to Crohn's disease most of Justin's intestines have been removed. He needs at least 12 hours of intravenous nutrition every day to survive. For the Manchester to London trip, Justin was connected to his intravenous feed the entire time - 24 hours every day even whilst paddling. He carried out all his aseptic procedures in a little cabin at the back of a narrow boat.

Keep an eye on www.gutlesskayaking.com for the latest news about Justin's Gutless Kayaking adventures!

Simon Gabriel and brother Julian prepare to run the South Downs 100-mile Trail Race - June 2013

At 6am on Saturday 15th June 2013, 40tude supporter, Simon Gabriel, started the longest and most arduous run of his life - the South Downs Way 100-mile trail - to raise further funds for 40tude curing colon cancer's FLEX project. He ran alongside brother Julian and was supported by his daughter, Amelia, and her godfather and Simon's other brother, Michael, at various intervals along the way.

Whilst the scenery was absolutely stunning - indeed a pleasure to run through - the terrain and underfoot conditions proved to be quite tough and the wind pretty fierce over those hills!

If you'd like to add to Simon's fantastic fundraising efforts - so far he has raised £1,835 - you can visit his online giving page here. 

Huge thanks from the 40tude and St Mark's teams to the adventurous Gabriel clan, and to all those who support them!

Mallorca Team Evening at Sigma Sport, Kingston - Tuesday 4 June 2013

A number of our Mallorca Cycle Challengers joined up for an evening of spanish wine and tapas at the Sigma Sport store in Kingston, kindly hosted by Mark Cooper, on Tuesday 4th June 2013.

PIE guide James Tansley talked us through the 'ups and downs' of the route and both he and Mark Cooper shared their expert knowledge on riding techniques, tips on bikes, clothing and accessories, and some bike maintenance advice. Robin Kennedy, leader of the FLEX research project at St Mark's Hospital (who will also be riding with us in Mallorca), gave the group a brief update on the project's progress. And Gordon Moore announced that 40tude current ambition is to help fund the project to reach the point where the FLEX technique has been trialled in ten humans. Robin Kennedy explained that if the FLEX technique proves successful, the potential consequence is that up to 4,000 people each year in the UK will be able to avoid the need for major colon surgery.

We'd like to thank Mark, James and Robin for their contributions to a very enjoyable and informative evening.

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Thames Trot 50 Ultra Marathon – February 2013

On Saturday 2nd February 2013, Michael Gabriel, who cycled the 40tude curing colon cancer London to Paris and Provence challenges, ran the Thames Trot 50 ultra marathon with his brothers, Julian and Simon, in support of 40tude curing colon cancer. The race commenced at Iffley in Oxford and was meant to be a picturesque, off-road, 50-mile, fairly flat run along the tow path to Henley. Unfortunately, owing to large parts of the route being under water, rather than cancelling the event the organisers changed the route at the last minute to one which ended up mainly on hilly A and B roads (40+ miles of road with the remainder being fairly impassable off-road tracks), which sadly wasn’t the most pleasurable of routes!

Commenting after the race, Michael said; "40tude challenges are all about having fun and yes, this was a tough run, but we were blessed with glorious winter sunshine and it was a great challenge to have completed. Hopefully it will help with the 40tude fundraising effort and I am now looking forward to getting back on the bike!"