Cardiff Half Marathon
After months of persuasion, a cold Sunday morning saw Mark compete in his fourth and Jon’s first Cardiff half marathon.
Rounding off Yellow Hat’s 2015 event calendar, Mark and Jon tackled the 13.1 miles course to finish off their commitments in supporting the British Heart Foundation this year.
The pair spent their time on the course discussing next year’s events calendar and the charity to support, a great way of taking Jon’s mind off the furthest distance he has ever run (and walked).
2016 events will be announced soon, with ‘something special’ being planned as the pinnacle of the calendar.
Jon & Mark would like to extend their gratitude for all support received this year, both logistically and with donations received for BHF. It is very much appreciated.
London Marathon with a twist
The first event of the year for the 'Yellow Hatters'!!
After leaving Newport on 23rd April the team embarked on another cycling adventure but this time it has a twist.
For 2.5 days the team followed cycle route 4 from Newport, via Britsol, Bath, Devises, Reading, Windsor, Staines before arriving at Excel in London where Mark signed on to run the London Marathon the very next day.....so after cycling 180 miles and whilst the rest of the team watch from the sidelines, another 26.2 miles without pedals was run by one of our founder members!!
Mark completed the run in a little over 5 hours, met at the end by Rhys and Jon on the Mall, tired but elated that the event had been completed successfully.
The trio have raised £2000 inc gift aid and cash donations so far!!
This year we are supporting the British Heart Foundation and to support our ride and marks ride & run please click on the following link to make a donation.
To find out more about the British Heart Foundation click here www.bhf.org.uk or to read more about a forthcoming events up to July 2015 go to 'news and events', at the top of this page.
Whitsun half term saw another adventure on cycling the Lon Las Cymru!
This time riding from Holyhead to Cardiff Bay in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support and The Alzheimers Society, Jon was joined by Rhys, his son who at 12 years of age, organised the event in memory of his two Grandads and is Nan, all of whom are sadly no longer with us.
240 miles of hills and tarmac over 4.5 days was a challenge but with over £2000 raised and friends and family waiting along the route and in Cardiff at the end, made it all worthwhile.
Rhys' team was joined by Mark Smith and Mark Birchall over the last two days of the ride, with Rhys' younger brother Ben joining for the final run into Cardiff. John Wheeler provided on the ground support and all of these guys gave up time to join us and support our charities.
Donations can still be made, just click on the link below:-
Rhys; challenge - The taff trail
In memory of his Grandad who lost his battle with cancer jusat before Christmas 2012, Rhys organised a 55 mile ride following the Taff Trail from Brecon to Cardiff to raise over £800 for MacMillan Cancer Support. Rhys was 11 years old when he set the challenge and was joined on the ride by Jon his Dad, Andrew (his Uncle) and Gemma, his cousin,
The hotest day of the year, 7 mile climbs and the most spectacular scenery that is the Brecon Beacons meant that the challenge was tough and the satisfaction in reaching Cardiff Bay knowing how much had been raised was welcoming for all that took part.
Yellow Hat cycling team set out in early September 12 from Chepstow and completing the 250 miles all the way to Holyhead in Anglesey in aid of Cancer Research and the Macmillan
The route followed the traditional Lon Las route from Chepstow Castle, through the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National parks, finishing at the tourist information office at Holyhead taking four days to complete.
Our team, made up from friends of the Yellow Hat inspiration, Pete Haynes, completed this ride in his memory and to follow in his footsteps (or cycle-steps) having completed this route himself, in recent years.
Over £2000 was raised in Pete's memory