The money raised by the RKH Foundation Bike Ride is making a huge difference for its good causes. Now that the money has been handed over to our charities, here is an update on their plans and progress. 

Modern Maggie

At Bart’s hospital in Smithfield, Maggie’s is using the bike ride money to provide a new support centre that provides both a visual and functional counterpoint for the hospital.

An ultra-modern three storey townhouse uses the latest materials to maximise light and space creating a calm uplifting environment that is an ideal setting for the practical, emotional and social support Maggie’s offers to people with cancer and their family and friends.

This video explains much more about how the building’s modern design and construction complements Bart’s historic buildings.

Happy Hague

The Hague school’s stated mission to ‘enjoy learning and achieve great things for yourself and others’ received a big boost from a huge cheque from the RKH Foundation that will transform a derelict caretaker’s lodge into a state of the art space for creative arts, science and family learning.

Head teacher Judy Coles said she was completely overwhelmed by the efforts of the cyclists and never imagined a six figure cheque to pay for renovation and refurbishment of the house.

See the story covered by East End Life. Chloe Miller, Nancy Johnson, Alistair Barrett, Mark Colgate and Neil Hanrahan all visited the school to present the cheque for £139,750.


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Here are some more pictures of the teams at the finish line. A massive thank you goes to all of the RKH Foundation sponsors, who have helped us raise so much for our two causes, Maggie's and the Hague School.

Team Velocitron

Team Velocitron

Fac n' Special with a representative from Maggie's. one of our two causes

Fac n' Special with a representative from Maggie's. one of our two causes

Team Highly Geared

Team Highly Geared

Team Tuffs de France

Team Tuffs de France

(Not Very) P&C

(Not Very) P&C

(Not very) P&C with children from the Hague School

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After 800 miles, seven days in the saddle and a cumulative ascent of well over 40,000 feet, the RKH Foundation cyclists crossed the finishing line outside Lloyd’s on Thursday 10th July..

Crossing the finish line outside Lloyd's

They were met by a cheering crowd of flag-waving supporters, made up of sponsors, friends and family, colleagues, representatives from Maggie’s and a very enthusiastic class of children from the Hague School.

After a receiving their medals,they downed bikes for a well-earned rest and a cheque for £275,212 was presented to representatives from the two causes.

First we heard from Judy Coles, headmistress of the Hague School, who thanked the cyclists on behalf of the pupils and their families. She told us all about the school’s commitment to cycling (which we had gathered from the cheering supporters earlier!) and explained how they will put the money towards the renovation of an old schoolkeeper’s house. She finished with a few wise words of cycling advice from letters the children had written to the teams (which we hope to share with you in full soon), and some fairly creative pictures they had drawn of bicycles!

We then heard from Bernie Byrne, Head of Maggie’s London, who described the cyclists’ efforts as ‘absolutely tremendous’  and  then told us how it will contribute to the wonderful work Maggie’s does to support people with cancer and their family and friends. Maggie’s is a growing charity and there is sadly a lot of demand for its services. In 2013 20,000 people visited the west London centre alone, and in the next few years they hope to open one at Barts hospital in east London.

Afterwards, we moved on to the awards part of the evening (drum rollplease)…

Team (Not Very) P&C captain collected the winners trophy on behalf of his speedy team.

The winning team trophy went to Team (Not Very) P&C and was collected by captain Barnaby Rugge-Price. RKH chairman Dominic Collins offered him more sponsorship money if he shaved off his beard, but the offer went unanswered. The trophy was presented by Mike Duffy of our generous sponsor Canopius.

Next up came the yellow jersey, awarded to Dave Sharman of Tuffs de France for being the fastest rider of the whole journey.  This was presented by Nick Rnjak of Travelers, another major sponsor.

John King of Brit awarded the red polka dot jersey, which went to the Queen of the Mountain, Natasha Whewell of Team Highly Geared. After a disappointing show of our male sportspeople over recent weeks, said John, it was nice to be awarding a prize to a talented female sportsperson.

Next up Ant Brooke of Team (Not Very) P&C was awarded the green jersey for the fastest individual leg. Judy Coles of the Hague School presented it to him.

Natasha, Dave and Ant model their well-deserved prizes.

Bernie Byrne of Maggie's then attempted to present RKH’s Paul Redgate  with a bottle of champagne for his fundraising efforts, though when his name was read out Paul was nowhere to be seen. He personally raised the fantastic amount of £60,000!

Tuffs de France then picked up a second award: the prestigious wooden spoon award, presented by RKH’s Dominic Collins. Judging by the response of a knowing bunch of cyclists, it went to a very worthy recipient: Jon Newman.

Finally, Dominic Collins thanked everyone who had been involved in organising the event, with a particular mention to Nancy Johnson, Chloe Miller and Jon Copsey.

A big thank you goes to all of our sponsors and everyone who cheered on the cyclists!


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With only 42 miles left of their epic bike ride, last night the teams were a bit more relaxed. We’re looking forward to seeing them back in London later today – well done everybody!

Fac n' Special relax after Day 6.

Fac n' Special relax after Day 6.

Awards night at the bar.

Awards night at the bar.


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Paul Adams, Captain of Team Velocitron, emailed in the following update last night:


Great effort from the team today. Mark, Adam and Chris completed 131 miles, over 13 miles taking in some very serious climbing through the Lake District, Pennines and North Yorks Moors, including some of this weekend's Tour de France route.

Greg put in a good shift this morning and I was able to rejoin the ride at the halfway point today courtesy of a healthy amount of Nurofen!

Sadly Richard wasn't able to recover from his injury and on advice from the team physio, returned home this morning to get some treatment.

610 miles completed, approx 170 to go…


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