Postponed NOT Cancelled

Sorry for the quiet spell but i’m sure you can understand that things have been a little strange over the past few weeks.

UMBR2020 will NOT be going ahead in May as previously planned.

Covid19 has meant many of our suppliers have had to change the services they can offer.

For those that have taken part before you know that we place the safety of those taking part above anything else and do what we can to protect you.

Sadly a little microscopic bug has managed to beat me. I have no idea how to overcome one of those. Suggestions on a postcard….

After discussions with Martin House and now most of the suppliers / vendors we have postponed – not cancelled – UMBR 2020.

Potential dates being considered are 5th/6th or 12th/13th September. I personally was hoping for the 19th/20th as its my birthday on the 19th and couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday than being with a bunch of nutcases raising some amazing money. Sadly the tracking company cant do those dates.

So for now.. we have a full team of riders, almost a full team of supporters. I understand that may change as this news filters through and my mailbox or comments here start to kick in to place.

For now, sorry that we cant hold the event for you this May but roll on Sept unless things remain the way they are now.

Last year (2019) the team of 80 raised a massive £14,500 for Martin House. What an achievement by all.

In total our little UMBR adventure over 7yrs has now raised more than £64k for Martin House, that is all money that has gone to them, not a penny has gone to the running costs of the event.

UMBR 2019 was a little bit smaller than was planned originally but still enjoyed by all that took part

The event has grown so much over the past 7yrs that it was closed very early to entrants for 2019, will 2020 be the same ??

This year we are in partnership with Progeny for a 2nd year.  Progeny after their joint involvement last year have very kindly come forward to be the main sole sponsor of our event.  Without the fantastic support we are receiving from them I can guarantee that I would be having sleepless nights again.

2020 renews our friendship with Tetley Coaches, we thank them for the support they are showing us this year and potentially look forward to working with them in the future.  Tetleys have a long standing relationship with Martin House.

Citroen Leeds, Unite, Danone have again joined our event as supporters, their continued support is very much appreciated.

Distances. Whilst our event has a total distance for the cyclists of 127 miles, the drivers cover around 300 miles over the weekend.

75 cyclists, what could go wrong you may ask.  Well to make things a little easier we will again be supplying all the team (cyclists and support cars) with trackers, yes, you will be able to see a live update for the complete weekend of where the team are up to.

The St John Ambulance on hand again, hopefully not having much to do, we know the team can be looked after medically.

2019 – The year of the Electric bike, not 1 but 2.  How many will 2020 have, come along and find out.

A Little About Us:

Hi, I’m Mick Mason aka Uncle Mick. Several years ago my Nephew, Alex, was diagnosed with a life limiting disorder called Friedreich’s Ataxia. Following the diagnosis my brother and sister-in-law were directed towards Martin House Children’s Hospice located at Boston Spa.

The aim of Martin House is to provide family led care for children with life shortening conditions. It is a place where children, young people and their families can come to stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help.

Since Alex’s diagnosis Martin House have supported my family and many others like them in so many wonderful ways that we thought that it was time that we gave something back.

UMBR was named by the Martin House fundraising team. The event was original thought of by Derek Mason, Steve Braithwaite and myself. We all took part in the opening event in April 2013. Derek driving support and Steve and myself cycling. The event was completed along the banks of the Canal from Liverpool to Leeds, a grand distance of 127.5 miles.