The incredible ‘Fitness Festival’ themed event saw hundreds cycle on Star Trac and Schwinn bikes alongside incredible DJs, all to raise awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association Participating in the event were James ‘Arg’ Argent, Sarah Harding, George Gilbey and his mum Linda, Vogue Williams, Louisa Lytton, Calum Best, Richard from the Stereophonics, Matt Evers, Jules Knight and many more!
History was made alongside vital funds raised for the MND Association at the momentous Rave and Ride event held in Buckinghamshire on Saturday May 14th and sponsored by Core Health & Fitness. The total raised in the eight-hour challenge was £30,856 and both Guinness World Records titles, Most money raised in 8 hours by static cycling and Most mechanical energy produced by pedalling on static bicycles in one hour were achieved on the day.
The Power Hour gained interest of over 80 participants who turned up early to produce enough power to claim victory of the world record. To monitor the power outlet, Core Health & Fitness provided a variety of indoor cycles, including their Schwinn AC Performance+ Carbon blue™ with Echelon2 consoles. Partnered with MYZONE®, the power hour was tracked using their software to monitor every single kilojoule as verified by Pravin Patel from the Guinness World Records. Gareth Wallen from MYZONE® who attended said, “It was phenomenal for us to be part of such a huge event and for a great cause. Seeing the effort that everyone put in on the day was very inspiring and we’re very proud to have supported it.”
Organised by entrepreneur Steven Smith, who lost his mum, Genifer, to MND, the event at Stoke Park, Europe’s leading Five Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club, saw individuals and teams of indoor cyclists come together for an all-day sponsored ride with club music provided by some of the biggest international DJs.
Steven Smith, said of the challenge, ‘I’m broken, destroyed, emotional and elated. I am overwhelmed with the support and the people who took part or donated are heroes. There is still a chance to donate to make as much money for MND as possible. I will not stop until I find a cure and this is the first of many events that we put on for such an important cause’.
Steven, who lives with his family in High Wycombe, had already raised an incredible £115,000 for the MND Association from previous Rave and Ride events, as well as countless other fundraising adventures, including, The Arctic, several London Marathons and the gruelling L’Etape du Tour cycle race.
The money raised from this event will help fund a fellowship based at the MND Care and Research Centre at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.
To donate, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/raveandride or text 70070 using the words RAVE60
About motor neurone disease (MND) and the MND Association: MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. MND does not usually affect the senses such as sight, sound, feeling etc. It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It affects people from all communities. It kills around 30% of people within a year of diagnosis, and 50% within 21 months. A person’s lifetime risk of developing MND is up to 1 in 300. Six people per day are diagnosed with MND in the UK. It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time. It kills six people per day in the UK, this is just under 2,200 per year It has no cure.
The MND Association was founded in 1979 by a group of volunteers with experience of living with or caring for, someone with MND. Since then, we have grown significantly, with an ever-increasing community of volunteers, supporters and staff, all sharing the same goal - to support people with MND and everyone who cares for them, both now and in the future. We improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers. We fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments and brings us closer to a cure for MND. We campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND, and everyone who cares for them, are recognised and addressed by wider society.