2021 sportive - entries open 1st May
We are absolutely delighted to announce that entries for the Tommy Godwin 2021 will be opening on 1st May!
Update 28th April:- Assuming Boris's road map does not change, we are good to go with our sportive on Sunday, 19th September. We are really pleased to be be running it from the Marie Curie West Midlands Hospice as usual. Understandably we will have to use the site differently to protect staff and vulnerable patients, which will result in a smaller number of riders than we have been able to accommodate in previous years, and everyone will need to pre-enter as there will be no "Enter On The Day".
Riders whose entries have been carried forward from 2020 will be emailed over the coming days to confirm their entries (but please check your RiderHQ account just in case the email has got lost in cyberspace or ended up in Spam).
Spaces for the remaining entries will be available from 1st May, please click here
Virtual Challenge - starting 21st December 2020
The financial needs of Marie Curie West Midlands are still great and so we would like to continue fundraising during the winter months of the northern hemisphere.
Kicking off on the shortest day (21st December) we are launching a Virtual Lands End to John O'Groats challenge. All 912 miles of it.
You can cycle, run, walk or even swim. Outdoor miles or indoor miles - it doesn't matter. Please join the Challenge, have some fun, and help raise money for the hospice.
For further information and details on entry Click Here
AMAZING.......the total raised was in excess of £30,000. Staggering. Thank you so much to all to participated, fundraised or helped.
Whilst our 2020 event has sadly been cancelled due to Covid-19, the financial requirements of Marie Curie still need to be met. We are asking anyone and everyone to help in our "100 For 100" appeal in order to raise funds for Marie Curie during this strange year.
Here is Tommy's grandson Rob telling us all about it (and riding Tommy's actual 1948 Olympic bike):-
John Kitchingman in his role of Chair of the West Midlands Development Board, explains his involvement and puts out a challenge to other individuals and businesses, encouraging them to help raise funds:-
For further information on how to help, and how to get involved, click here to got to 100-for-100
Here is Dr Sarah Wells, explaining just how important fundraising is at the moment:-
Event update 26th June 2020:-
Following an in-depth review of the viability and safety implications of running the event this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel the event, and to re-arrange for September next year.
This has been a difficult decision to make, but we do not feel that it is safe to run a mass-participation event whilst corona virus remains prevalent. We have planned, watched and waited over the past few months in the hope of going ahead, but we cannot proceed unless we have confidence that we can do so safely for all the riders, volunteers, workers, and the HQ site itself at Marie Curie, Solihull. There are still too many unknowns, and we are at the point where we would have to commit to operational costs which would become stranded with a later cancellation.
All 2020 registered riders will be automatically transferred into the 2021 event at no additional charge. Options are available for a refund if requested, or for riders to donate their entry fees to the charity. Keep an eye open on social media and your email for details.
Click here for the full statement.
The 2019 Tommy Godwin Challenge raised a staggering £33,500 for the Marie Curie Hospice West Midlands. We want to make our next event the biggest and best ever.
With the 2020 event cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, put Sunday 19th September 2021 in your diary as we look to build on the successes of the past with the 7th running of this great event.
We have our usual 73km and 100km routes, plus the 30km Individual & Family rides. Additionally, for 2021 we are introducing a Classic Retro Ride.
2020 is a very special year for us...
Tommy would have been 100 years old
We should easily have raised in excess of £100,000 for the hospice since the inception of the event
Plus - the last time the Olympic Games were held in Tokyo (1964), Tommy was Manager of the GB Cycling Team
The 1948 GB Olympic cycling team
Why do we fundraise for Marie Curie? Please watch the video (ensure you have sound turned on)
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“What a great event and an amazing charity. Really well organised and lovely friendly riders...made lots of new friends along the route. Thank you all and see you next year”.
Every little helps - can you offer a helping hand?
Tommy Godwin is non profit making charity event run entirely by volunteers, so we are very keen to discuss possible support and funding opportunities with local businesses.
If you or your business can help, we'd love to hear from you - please get in touch with Richard for more information: