GRAHAM THOMAS LAP OF RUTLAND

Graham thomas lap of rutland ride

This year's Lap of Rutland Ride will take place on Sunday 27th of August and will now be renamed The Graham Thomas Lap of Rutland Ride in memory of our founder member, Treasurer and friend Graham Thomas who sadly passed away in April this year after a long battle with Myeloma. You can read more about Graham Thomas and Myeloma below.

This is the 3rd year of the Lap of Rutland Ride and we felt it was the perfect ride to pay tribute to our friend Graham Thomas. We hope to open the ride up to the wider cycling community this year, including all standards of road bike riders plus leisure off-road riders with a choice of three of routes.

MAIN DETAILS

  • Date - Sunday 27th of August 2017
  • Choice of 3 Routes - Long (74 miles), Short (36 miles), Family Off-Road (19 miles)
  • All rides depart from Lands' End Car Park, Lands' End Way, Oakham, LE15 6US
  • Route 1 registration from 8.15am and depart from 9.00am
  • Routes 2 and 3 registration from 9.15am and depart from 10.00am
  • All participants over 16 to make donation to Myeloma UK on registration. Minimum donation £5.00
  • Ride ends at Grainstore Brewery, Station Approach, Oakham, LE15 6RE  

Additional info

  • The ride is open to ALL cyclists including those that are not members of Velo Club Rutland.
  • All riders must download routes or use printed maps available on the day. Routes do NOT have ride leaders.
  • All riders MUST wear a helmet. Any rider not complying with this does so entirely at their own risk.
  • All children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
  • All riders must adhere to the rules of the Highway Code and show courtesy and consideration to all other road users.
  • All riders should carry items to mend a puncture including spare inner tube(s), tyre levers and a working pump. There is no bike maintenance en route.
  • Please do not ride more than two abreast at any time and single out on narrow roads and on bends. Keep left and do not clutter the road.
  • Please ride carefully and enjoy the ride!

The ROUTES

This year there will be 3 routes available, all of which should be ridden at each participant's own pace or in self-appointed groups. There will be no ride leaders. Details of routes are below along with links to route files and printed maps will be available on the day.

ROUTE 1 - LONG

  • Full lap of Rutland border
  • 74 miles
  • Register from 8.15am at Land's End Car Park, LE15 6US
  • Depart from 9.00am
  • All on road
  • Ride at your own pace with who you choose
  • Finish at The Grainstore Brewery
  • Route file - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24098095

This is the main route for those that are up for the challenge of the full 74 mile lap of the Rutland border. It's an anti-clockwise loop taking in places such as Launde Abbey, Eyebrook Reservoir, Stamford, Greatford, Castle Bytham, and Cold Overton. There are no official stop points but there are lots of cafes and places to stop en route to refresh yourself or grab a coffee or some lunch. The ride ends at The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham where the 18th Annual Rutland Beer Festival will be taking place. There is a free burger and pint for all Velo Club Rutland Members - just don't forget to collect your wristband when you register.

ROUTE 2 - SHORT

  • Shorter lap of the Rutland countryside on road
  • 36 miles
  • Register from 9.15am at Land's End Car Park, LE15 6US
  • Depart from 10.00am
  • All on road
  • Ride at your own pace with who you choose
  • Finish at The Grainstore Brewery
  • Route file - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24098478

This is the shorter route for those that don't want to ride the full 74 miles border route. Take in 36 miles of beautiful Rutland countryside including views of the south shore of Rutland Water. It's an anti-clockwise loop taking in places such as Manton, Normanton, Pickworth, Little Bytham, and Market Overton. There are no official stop points but there are cafes and places to stop en route to refresh yourself or grab a coffee or some lunch. The ride ends at The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham where the 18th Annual Rutland Beer Festival will be taking place. There is a free burger and pint for all Velo Club Rutland Members - just don't forget to collect your wristband when you register.

ROUTE 3 - FAMILY OFF-ROAD

  • Off-Road lap of Rutland Water
  • 19 miles
  • Suitable for adults and children on leisure, mountain and hybrid bikes.
  • Register from 9.15am at Land's End Car Park, LE15 6US
  • Depart from 10.00am
  • Nearly all Off-Road
  • Ride at your own pace with who you choose
  • Finish at The Grainstore Brewery
  • Route file - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24098849

This year we have introduced a Family Off-Road route so that those who don't ride road bikes can take part in this fantastic event. The route is almost entirely on cycle path or pavement making it safe for less experienced riders and children. The route goes out via Oakham bypass and then takes in an anti-clockwise loop of Rutland Water on the cycle track. 

All children 16 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult (18 and over) at all times. Please note that there are short sections on road at Manton and also at the end in Oakham on Station Road towards the finish at The Grainstore Brewery.

Graham Thomas

Graham Thomas died on 24th April 2017 having lived with Myeloma for some 12 years. He was 60 years old and was a policeman all of his working life. He joined the police service in Birmingham in 1972, as a Police Cadet, joining the service as a Police Constable in 1975. Graham moved swiftly through the ranks, later transferring to Leicestershire Police from which he retired in the rank of Detective Superintendent.

Always a keen sportsman, he boxed in his youth, was an accomplished field athlete, specialising in the Triple Jump and he was a coach for Rutland Athletics Club. He was founder member of Velo Club Rutland in 2007, and was its first treasurer, a post which he held, and which he executed with totalefficiency until his passing.

It is worthy of note that, 1n 2015, whilst visiting his daughter in Australia, he marked the 10th anniversary of his diagnosis with Myeloma by completing a century ride in just under 8 hours; a significant achievement for a man far from his peak of fitness!

As a senior police officer, Graham received huge respect from his colleagues, both senior and subordinate. In his wider life, he could not have been more liked! He was tremendous company when out on a ride and his commitment to the Club, as a rider and a committee member was immense. He continued to ride with the Club until about 12 months ago, when his illness, and its debilitating treatment, prevented him from doing so. Even then, he maintained an active interest in Club activities.

Graham is much missed by his friends in Velo Club Rutland and it is an honour to stage this first Graham Thomas Memorial Ride to mark his contribution to cycling in the county and to raise much-needed funds for a charity so close to his heart and to his family.

Myeloma 

Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a cancer arising from plasma cells, a type of white blood cell which is made in the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the ‘spongy’ material found in the centre of the larger bones in the body. The bone marrow is where all blood cells are made

Plasma cells form part of your immune system. Normal plasma cells produce antibodies, also called immunoglobulins, to help fight infection.

In myeloma, plasma cells become abnormal, multiply uncontrollably and release only one type of antibody known as paraprotein, which has no useful function. It is often through the measurement of this paraprotein that myeloma is diagnosed and monitored.

Unlike many cancers, myeloma does not exist as a lump or tumour. Most of the symptoms and complications related to myeloma are caused by the build-up of the abnormal plasma cells in the bone marrow and the presence of the paraprotein in the blood and/or in the urine.

Myeloma affects multiple places in the body (hence ‘multiple’ myeloma) where bone marrow is normally active in an adult, ie within the bones of the spine, skull, pelvis, the rib cage, long bones of the arms and legs and the areas around the shoulders and hips.

Myeloma is a relapsing-remitting cancer. This means there are periods when the myeloma is causing symptoms and/or complications and needs to be treated, followed by periods of remission or plateau where the myeloma does not cause symptoms and does not require treatment.

Myeloma UK

 

All proceeds from the Graham Thomas Lap of Rutland Ride will be donated to Myeloma UK.

"Myeloma UK is the only organisation in the UK dealing exclusively with myeloma. We are helping myeloma patients live longer and with a better quality of life. How? By accelerating the discovery, development and access to new treatments, while helping patients and their families cope with everything a diagnosis of myeloma brings."

THE GRAINSTORE 18th ANNUAL BEER FESTIVAL

All routes will end at the Grainstore Brewery in Oakham where their 18th Annual Beer Festival will be taking place with over 70 real ales, barbecue food and live music on offer. ALL Velo Club Rutland members are entitled to a free pint and burger/sausage. Please make sure you collect your wristband for this when registering for the ride.

See you there!  

David Graham