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2018 Story..


Last year the team of 97 raised a massive £18,800 for Martin House.  That is the largest amount of money we have ever raised on the event, it was also the largest attended event we have ever held.

In total our little UMBR adventure over 6yrs has now raised more than £50k 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 2018 was the biggest event yet with around 70 riders and 22 support.

The event has grown so much over the past 5yrs that it was closed very early to entrants.

This year we are in partnership with Sun Branding Solutions.  Sun Branding Solutions have very kindly come forward to be the main sponsor of our event in a sign of support for their employee (Gareth Fradley) and a show of support towards UMBR / Martin House.

2018 also sees a new 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.  This year we have an entrant travelling all the way from South Africa, a distance of 5800 miles just to get to Leeds for the event, Jeremy Pointer is a family member that has wanted to take part the last couple of years but hasn’t been able to make it.  This year he has.

John Haigh, Corporate Fundraiser and Events Coordinator for Martin House.  John has been such a huge supporter of our event, he is responsible for the naming the event back when the first event was held, has been heavily involved in advertising the event with the Martin House community and for me has been a solid structure for me to turn to when I have found myself stuck with something.  John at the end of March 2018 is retiring and handing the reigns over to Jason Costello.

From myself (Uncle Mick) Derek, Steve and the entire Mason family we thank you for your hard work and dedication to our event and Martin House, you have been there through the entirety of our event.  We wish you all the best in your retirement and finally getting a huge rest, you deserve it.  You are and forever will be welcome at any of the events we as family hold.

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.