Sunday 24 March 2019

The Boys Are Back In Town

In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Seaton Sluice Backpedalers completed sponsored rides to raise funds for Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care.

We cycled about 500 miles and raised about £24 000. The end result was this:

A brand new ambulance called Sparkle was added to the Daft As A Brush fleet and it proudly bears our logo.

Last year (2018) we took a year off, not from cycling or supporting Daft As A Brush, but from doing a sponsored ride. This year The Boys Are Back In Town. We're getting back on our bikes to raise funds for Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care. We've been looking for a new challenge and we've found one that fits the bill. 
We're going to do the Ride to the Sun.
It's a 100 mile bike ride which starts in Carlisle and ends in Cramond, just outside Edinburgh. You can read all about it on the Ride to the Sun website. We'll be leaving Carlisle on the evening of Saturday 22nd June and riding through the night to arrive at Cramond in time for sunrise on Sunday 23rd June. 
As we've said before, cycling 100 miles is the easy bit. The hard bit is getting sponsors and collecting money! Details about how you can support us will appear here soon. Meanwhile you can keep abreast of our progress by looking at our Facebook page, Seaton Sluice Backpedalers.

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Some Final Thoughts


Seaton Sluice Backpedalers big event, the Kielder Kaper, is almost upon us. By now, hopefully, all riders have reached a peak of physical perfection in preparation for what will be a demanding three days of cycling.

Day 1 – Delaval Arms to Bellingham

We’ll be covering over 150 miles over 3 days so it is important that riders follow the correct route and don’t add any extra distance to the total. On Day 1 we we will be following Route 10 (Reivers) from the Delaval Arms to Bellingham.

At Backworth we will stay on the road until we pass the Killingworth turn and then take a sharp left onto the cycle track.

Sustrans have been busy putting up new signs so theoretically there shouldn’t be any problems.


In practice, it may not be that simple. Some of the signs are quite small and could be missed if riders are distracted and not concentrating. Remember – if you miss a turn you may end up doing extra miles and those extra miles are certain to involve going uphill.

Saturday 14 May 2016

The Clock Is Ticking ……..

In two weeks time Cycle Challenge 2016 will be underway. On a ride we have named the Kielder Kaper, 22 Backpedalers will be cycling 150 miles around Northumberland (the easy bit) to raise funds for our chosen charity Daft As A Brush (the hard bit).

Last year we raised the amazing sum of £10 000 which is still the single biggest donation Daft As A Brush has ever recieved. We would dearly like to raise a similar amount this year but in order to do that we need lot of help from our supporters, 

If you would like to help us achieve our target, there are several ways you can donate.

We have an online page with Virgin Moneygiving which offers a number of options for sponsoring us. In addition, Backpedalers have sponsor forms so supporters can sign up and make a donation.

Visitors to the bar at the Delaval Arms will see a large sponsor form displayed and collection tins are positioned on the counter.

As stated above, riding a bike is the easy bit, raising funds for a worthwhile charity can be hard. In previous years we have been lucky enough to have had tremendous support from our supporters and sponsors in the local community and around the region. It will be a big ask to match, or even exceed last year’s total but if we aim high, who knows what could happen?