In 2010 when Giles Evans had the idea to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in memory of a close family friend, he could not have imagined that eleven years and £111,000 later The Toon To Town Challenge would still be going.
2020 saw the anniversary of that first ride and it was our intention to organise a ride to be completed during June of that year. However, faced with the restrictions imposed because of COVID-19 we were forced to postpone the event until this year.
The route for this year's event will see us leaving Ipswich by the statue of Sir Bobby Robson on Portman Road and arriving at his other statue outside St James' Park five days later. We will be supporting four charities along the way.
Funds will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation which we have supported for many years and also to the Teenage Cancer Trust who operate regional units at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle and also at The Freeman Hospital. In addition, we will be raising money to support the Great North Air Ambulance whose efforts helped save the life of Sam Beecroft in 2017 and finally we will be helping to fund a dementia lounge based on Ward 22 at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, offering a calm and relaxed environment for patients, their families and carers.
You can support our efforts by making any donations through our gofundme page.
June 21st - 25th 2021
Ipswich to Newcastle
distance to be covered 375 miles
The Toon To Town Black Tie Dinner has over the years become an institution in it's own right. Originally conceived as an end of ride celebration and a chance to reveal how much has been raised for the year, previous dinners have proved to be hugely successful and enjoyable fundraisers. This year's dinner will be held at 7pm on October 9th at the Holiday Inn Seaton Burn. Tickets are priced at £40 per person which includes a three course dinner and entertainment until late.
The usual format for the evening includes guest speakers, raffle, charity auction with entertainment provided by a live band. There are a very limited number of tickets are still available and you can purchase yours by contacting Giles.
Previous guest speakers have included Invictus Games gold medal winner Andy Grant, H4H ambassador Simon Brown, Inspirational Lakes Liberal Democrat County Councillor Will Clark, Run Geordie Run Mark Allison, H4H ambassador Simon Harmer and motivational speaker Steve Black.
A very limited number of tickets are still available for the event. You can contact Giles on 07734060324 or via twitter
Saturday 9th October 2021 7pm
Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn
Tickets priced at £40 per person
23rd March 2020 Blyth teenager Connor Todd was diagnosed with a Central Nervous System, Medullablastoma brain tumour. It is situated in the lower part of the brain where muscle coordination, balance and movement are controlled. He was also told that his cancer had spread down his spine.
Over the last year, Connor has gone from being a very active and fit 13 year old boy who loves his rugby to losing the use of his lower body for a few months. He spent much of that time in bed and is now able to walk short distances but is extremely weak and tired. His balance isn't great, but every day he is improving and pushing himself further whilst still undergoing Chemotherapy.
Connor is keen ditch his wheelchair, crutches and zimmer frame, he wants to regain his strength and mobility and has said he would like to do something to help other children and their families in this area living with childhood cancer., He has set a goal to walk 20 miles in March. To some this may not seem a lot but for Connor this would be a huge achievement. At the moment Connor is unstable and needs some support from others whilst walking, he can only withstand 5-10 minute bouts of exercise without needing a rest.
We feel incredibly honoured that this inspirational young person has chosen Toon To Town as one of the charities he wants to raise money for. To date (12 March 2021) Connor has already raised a staggering £12,000 and we are sure that total will keep growing. Connor has a gofundme page where donations can be made. We all thank you Connor and wish you well on your recovery and also with the run.