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Newcommer Cycling Around Great Britain for a Great Cause


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  • Jon Cooke is pretty much a newcomer to cycling but has set himself a real challenge to raise £100,000 for charity by riding around Great Britain in 32 days!

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    The event has been organised to raise money for the Estate Agency Foundation charity, which has already raised over £60,000 to help combat the causes of homelessness in the UK. as well as helping those who are already suffering. The EAF donates the money it raises to existing charities nationwide who help real people like 'Stuart,' medically discharged from the Army and told he isn't a priority for a council house, or 'Nicola,' raised in Local Authority Care but with nowhere to go once she reached the age of 16, or 'Sheila,' who was discharged from hospital suffering from mental illness with no care package or support system in place.

    i-Team is supporting this great cause by helping to promote awareness of Jon's challenge and hopefully keeping him out of the wind a bit on some of the stages! B)

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ZOOPLA BRITISH PROPERTY CYCLE - in aid of the ESTATE AGENCY FOUNDATION - Registered Charity No. 1124410

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THE EVENT:

A 32 day ride around the UK cycle event in aid of The Estate Agency Foundation and sponsored by Zoopla.

Based on an average cycle speed of 12-15 mph Jon Cooke and a select team of Sean Newman from Newman’s Estate Agents and Martin Farrington from Intercounty will cycle 32 stages around the UK, starting in Exeter and moving clockwise around the British Isles.

Jon Cooke explains how he hopes they'll reach their 2012 target of £100,000:

"By uniting all the national and independent property agents in the UK via social media, messaging, our website, a Blog, a presence at Property Conferences and support from the UK Property Press. You can sponsor a stage, join the cycle team or organise your own event."

So how about it? - In the year of the London 2012 Olympics and with the great pride that we as a country will have in hosting this world wide event, we can make a small contribution to this festival of sport and community and leave our own small Olympic Year legacy.

A GREAT CAUSE:

The Estate Agency Foundation helps eliminate the causes of homelessness through supporting projects run by charities including, St Mungo’s, Shelter and Broadway. EAF Chairman Bill McClintock explains, “When you consider that just £75 helps to provide a fresh start for an ex-service man or woman, or £100 pays for a month’s treatment for a child traumatised by abuse, you can start to see just how much our charity can achieve with £100,000.”

So let your imagination run wild, bring out your Penny Farthings, tandems, cycle taxis, rickshaws and tuk tuks to get this exciting initiative on the road. Join the event in whatever way you can because by coming together, the property industry will make a huge difference to help eliminate the causes of homelessness. Look at www.gbpropertycycle.co.uk for more information or if you feel like taking part in the property charity event of the year.

Anyone can join Jon on his challenge - you don’t need to tackle the whole circuit – although some brave souls have already signed up for this! Individuals and businesses can arrange whatever suits them, from joining one of the stages to organising a small local event, or simply picking a day and cycling to work for charity.

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THE ROUTE

Day 1 - Saturday July 28th Exeter-Teignmouth 17.25 miles

Day 2 - Sunday July 29th Plymouth-St Austell 50 Miles

Day 3 - Monday July 30th Helston-Lands End 26 Miles / Lands End - Boscawell 9.5 Miles / Boscaswell-St Ives 12.5 Miles / St Ives-Newquay 37.5 Miles

Day 4 - Tuesday July 31st Newquay-Barnstaple 76.5 Miles

Day 5 - Wednesday August 1st Barnstaple-Ilfracombe 15.5 Miles / Ilfracombe to Weston Super Mare 75 Miles

Day 6 - Thursday August 2nd - Rest Day

Day 7 - Friday August 3rd Weston Super Mare - Barry 83 Miles

Day 8 - Saturday August 4th Barry - Caerfyddon 80 Miles

Day 9 - Sunday August 5th / Caerfyddon - St Davids 50 Miles / St Davids - Cardigan 33.5 Miles

Day 10 - Monday August 6th - Rest Day

Day 11 - Tuesday August 7th Cardigan-Barmouth 80 Miles

Day 12 - Wednesday August 8th Barmouth - Prestatyn 88 Miles

Day 13 - Thursday August 9th Prestatyn-Southport 64 Miles

Day 14 - Friday August 10th Southport - Blackpool 40 Miles / Blackpool-Kendal 45 Miles

Day 15 - Saturday August 11th - Rest Day

Day 16 - Sunday August 12th Kendal-Carlisle 52 Miles / Carlisle-Haltwhistle 28.5 Miles

Day 17 - Monday August 13th Haltwhistle- Albany Ct Newcastle 40 Miles / Albany Ct - South Shields 13 Miles

Day 18 - Tuesday August 14th South Shields-Whitby 74 Miles

Day 19 - Wednesday August 15th - Rest Day

Day 20 - Thursday August 16th / Whitby -Bridlington 48.5 Miles / Bridlington - North Ferriby 42.5 Miles

Day 21 - Friday August 17th

North Ferriby - Cleethorpes 28.5 Miles

Day 22 - Saturday August 18th Skegness-Hunstanton 84 Miles

Day 23 - Sunday August 19th Hunstanton - Cromer 35 Miles / Cromer - Great Yarmouth 37 Miles

Day 24 - Monday August 20th - Rest Day

Day 25 - Tuesday August 21st Great Yarmouth - Manningtree 77 Miles

Day 26 - Wednesday August 22nd / Manningtree - Maldon 28.5 Miles / Maldon - Stanford Le Hope 23.5 Miles / Stanford Le Hope - Herne Bay 54 Miles

Day 27 - Thursday August 23rd - Rest Day

Day 28 - Friday August 24th / Herne Bay - Broadstairs 17 Miles / Broadstairs - Folkestone 27 Miles / Folkestone - Hastings 42 Miles

Day 29 - Saturday August 25th / Hastings - Portsmouth 95 Miles

Day 30 - Sunday August 26th / Portsmouth - Poole 56 Miles

Day 31- Monday 27th August / Poole - Weymouth 30 Miles / Weymouth - Bridport 18 Miles

Day 32 - Tuesday 28th August / Bridport - Exmouth 43 Miles / Exmouth - Exeter City Centre 13 Miles

HOW TO TAKE PART:

  1. Check out the proposed route and pick a stage
  2. Download and read the event info & safety info
  3. Download, complete & the participation form and return it with your donation

JOIN ANDY JONES FOR ONE OF THE SOUTHERN STAGES:

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i-Team.cc member Andy Jones is Operations Director for LSL Corporate Client Department, based in Exeter and for years he's been a keen racing cyclist and has taken part in events like the Etape du Tour. He explains how taking part in this charity event brings together his profession and passion.

"I am participating in a few of the 33 stages of the 3000 mile UK circuit, that starts and finishes in Exeter and I am encouraging fellow cyclists to do the same. The EAF has set a £100,000 target for The Zoopla British Property Cycle, and I’m hoping that through my cycling club, i-Team (which also is a great network of cycling minded professionals) and using my contacts in the property industry, to help support Jon Cooke complete his challenge and reach his sponsorship target.

I am hoping to raise £2000 from sponsorship from the stages that I ride and do my bit to leave a positive and meaningful legacy for ourselves for The 2012 Olympic year."

i-Team members are sponsoring Andy on his Just Giving page.

COMPANY SPONSORSHIP:

Details and list of sponsors signed up so far

FOLLOW THE PROGRESS:

Twitter: @JonCookeLSL

Facebook: www.facebook.com/estateagencyfoundation

Blog: www.lsli.co.uk/blog

DONATE NOW:

Just Giving: www.justgiving.com/e-a-f/Donate

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