TRAT - The Race Against Time 2016

Posted by Martin Keat

Over the last decade or so the Bishop Simeon Trust has received amazing support from a committed group of people who have repeatedly cycled the iconic cycle ride from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise funds for our work and to spread the word about what we do - raising over £170,000 to help children in South Africa. 
This year the charge to the North of the Scotland will be led by Mike Rainton from Lowestoft - who has cycled the distance of 874 miles on 7 occasions for the Trust - which is already close to being the distance between the UK and South Africa!  Amazingly this year he will mark his 70th birthday by completing the ride. Mike has also persuaded two past riders to join him on the trek: Howard Sansom and Neil Wood have both done the ride several times with Mike and all three have become great friends - they are affectionately known to all at the Trust as the 'three amigos!' 
The ride will also receive great support along the way from their back up team: Don Cook, the TRAT mechanic, along with Sarah & Andy McDowell, chief cook & bottle washer! Martin Hart, a past TRAT director and rider, hopes to join them on day 2 to encourage them along the way.
Mike has been an incredible ambassador for the Trust over the years and is passionate about helping young people and remains keen to make sure that TRAT continues to raise money and awareness for the children we support in South Africa. The TRAT team will be setting off from Lands End on 26th June and will reach John O'Groats on 2nd July. We would ask all our supporters to consider making a pledge to their JustGiving page and give them encouragement to reach their target of £1,500 so that their great commitment and hard work will be worthwhile in helping us to continue our vital work.

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A big part of our work here at the Bishop Simeon trust is committed to assuring that children and young adults in South Africa are able to challenge and conquer those obstacles in their lives that prevent them from accessing education and assuring that they can  make the most of the potential they possess to thrive and build a positive future.