The Great Orme Goat Challenge – August 2020.
Fittingly termed the Great Orme Goats Challenge, St David’s Hospice most recent fundraising event was made for the GOG Squad! A charity close to many of our hearts. I personally had not visited the Orme for quite some time. But I imagined rising to this challenge. A team of girls soon pledged to cycle, run or walk around the Orme every day for a month to support the charity’s recovery fund; severely hit by the pandemic, funds were more important than ever for our local hospice.
The ‘GOG girls’ :- Ceri Hughes (me), Sarah Massey, Sarah Ellwood, Paula Stevens, Laura Hume, Geri Angharad-Evans, Steph Conway, Rhian Roxburgh, Jen Wells, Rach Ellen, Megan New, Michelle Lindfield, Chez Stewart, Llinos Davies and Sue Williams all committed to this event.
To complete a minimum of 150 laps, at least one every single day in August. We aimed to raise awareness for the hospice and believed we could raise £500. We were out in storms and downpours, in wind and sunshine; we watched superb sunrises, and spectacular sunsets. We had an amazing team and what we achieved surpassed all our expectations.
By week three we had a staggering £2,000. Excited that we were absolutely smashing the challenge, Simon Roxburgh; chairman of the GOG Triathlon club suggested support from the club as a whole! A 24hr event to continuously circle the Orme involving more club members, his vision was to emphasize our epic efforts with a grand finale and to have at least one runner and one cyclist lapping the Orme throughout the day and night. The GOGs Assemble created a natural support team and would commence at 8am Saturday 29th August until 8am the following day.
Bringing people together in this way creates an amazing atmosphere and the team quickly took shape with each hour filled with a runner and a rider. This became a tremendous event, born out of a simple suggestion to help an incredible charity. We were absolutely buzzing, and the event was a resounding success; a huge contribution in that 24hrs, the donations were pouring in and we quickly reached £3000.
Bank holiday Monday was the final day, the original group of ladies cycled in convoy around the Orme, we had lovely group photos and delicious cake at St David’s Hospice.
Targets were smashed in every sense, our hearts were bursting at the sheer generosity, poignant memories were created, friendships sealed! ……………I never dreamed we would have such an overwhelming response; and I could not have asked for a better fundraising team!
The 15 GOG girls completed a total of 370 laps, 1,850 miles. The additional 85 GOG Triathlon Club members, friends and family came out in force and completed 136 laps in 24hrs totalling 506 laps. An amazing 2,530 miles in total.
“Moments like these are special, but with the GOGs, they aren’t unusual! This is what the GOGs do!”
The current amount is an incredible £4’127 for St David’s Hospice – Hosbis Dewi Sant.
Thank you to everyone who made this happen!