The Master’s Challenge – The Longest Day

The Master at the start of the journey

Having completed last year’s Distillers’ 500 Scotland to London challenge (albeit as a member of the back-up crew) something, somewhere has convinced me to join our Livery’s nascent cycling group for an equally demanding challenge this year.

Following an amazing year under the most challenging of circumstances, having raised over £40,000, the IPM has committed to attempting to ride 130 miles in one day in Scotland close to THE LONGEST DAY and already, the rest of the team who completed the ride to London last year look set to join up.

Why me?

Having experienced the ride to London, albeit from a minibus and, like all of us, needing to be fitter, I have accepted the challenge this year as my attempt to continue to grow the huge charity momentum within our great Livery.

Incidentally, our Charity Chair Grant Gordon has also already signed up!!!

We will be attempting to ride 130 miles in Perthshire Scotland in one day in support of Girlguiding and the re-building of one their halls. After all his endeavours and efforts during last year it is a privilege to be supporting the IPM and his community like this.  As with the Distillers’ 500, we will ensure that the ride takes place in compliance with any Covid related restrictions that are in place at the time.

However the Guides are delighted if we also raise money for Future Youth Zone in Dagenham who were one of the main beneficiaries of last year’s bike ride.

Gavin, who runs Future Youth Zone, gave such a moving speech after the event last year that all the team involved were inspired to try again for such a great charity. He was also meant to be joining us on the last day of the ride but handed over his bike to one of the D500 riders whose wheel had broken, a rather amazing example of the cyclists code.

We intend to raise money for these two thoroughly deserving causes by “I REPEAT” trying to cycle round all the Guiding Centres in Perthshire in 1 day. A total of 130 miles.

This is no easy feat and even for experienced cyclists will represent a huge physical challenge making for a very long time in the saddle hence – THE LONGEST DAY.

I have acquired a bike and am putting the miles in training already to occupy my copious spare time.  The effort I can cope with but the clothing!!

We have tried to keep this as close as possible to “The longest Day” in summer (which in Northern Perthshire is quite long!!) but because of availability we have set on the 3rd of July.

If you feel that you might want to support us then please visit our Just Giving Page:

All money raised will be split 50/50% between Girl Guiding in Scotland and Future Youth Zone via The Lord Mayors Appeal who I hope to be able to present with a large cheque on City Giving Day.

Kenny’s stirring speech at his Installation, which feels so long ago now, was that at this time we should do our best to go the extra mile to help others who need our support and assistance.  We have one hundred and thirty extra miles to go on the 3rd July this year.  Please come and join with us, or follow on Social Media (I will try harder!!) and support the fund-raising if you can.

Take the greatest care and see you as soon as we can. Perhaps now in person.

Jonathan Driver