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Road to nowhere

The road to nowhere is to be 10 hours of pain for Mark Ellam.

Through the night of the 29-30th May East Coast Bicycles is hosting a 24hr charity turbo event, aiming to bring the cycling community of Hull together in a bid to raise money for three local charities, Hull Animal Welfare, Project 30 and Hull HARP, so what’s happening and how do you get involved ?

Mark is well known within the cycling community as a man with a big heart – both for cycling and giving.

He’s only happy when putting himself through the mincer in aid of others.

The former solider and regular Cottingham Road Club rider has in the past cycled the length of Britain in near hurricane winds for charity, this ex Army Sargent who ballooned to 22 stone after falling into daily drinking sessions rides hard and fast for charity as often as he can.


On the Friday night and Saturday morning (29-30th May) Mark takes on a new challenge on behalf of local charities, this time instead of riding his bike across the country he will be staying put but working just as hard.  Mark is looking to ride 10 hours non-stop through the night challenging anyone to try and beat him with all proceeds going to local charities.

I caught up with him and asked him a few questions..

Q: What are the charities and why pick those? What drives you to choose them?

I’ve always wanted to do the knight of sufferlandria which is 10 back to back videos. As you know I’m always wanting to give something back and love supporting local charities. It’s much nicer helping someone you meet then a faceless charity from London. The event is actually 3 fold of which I’m one. It’s hope that ECB can attract clubs and the public to try and race for medals over 15, 30 and 1 hour segments.

Q) Where are you going to be holding this event and when?

Annie and Nick Dalton of East Coast Cycles on Princess Avenue want to hold a memorable charity event similar to their annual roll-a-polza, they approached me as I’ve had a lot of experience with turbo trainers and vr modules. I asked for my help in setting them up and my cycling connections to help promote the event.

10hours_of_painQ) So 10 hours cycling on a turbo-trainer, through the night…. ?

I’m 51 and my past is common knowledge, I hit rock bottom and my Doctor told me that if I didn’t change my lifestyle I’d be dead within two years. I was 22 stone and drinking up to 12 pints of beer a night. Then I found cycling…

The Hull Daily Mail did a piece on my history:


Cycling has helped me beat my demons and is a great way to get and keep fit, the challenge to me is that I will be racing for the full 10 hours. Each hour a new competitor will pick up the challenge, I’ve got to try and beat them all – right through the night!


I like to challenge myself – during the Lands End to John o Groats ride I used over 30,000 calories and climbed 43,460ft spending 61hours in the saddle at an avearge speed of 14mph. This challenge is different and pushes me in a different way – it’s going to be hard but fun – more social..

Q) How can people get involved?

By ringing the shop on 01482 342894 and booking a slot. Turning up on the day and having a go.. There’s more information on Facebook.

Q) How can people donate to the event?

Cash, promises and (speak to Annie..) 


So there you go, get involved –ring 01482 342894 or email and book a slot, they’re going quickly!

We would like a good representation from Cottingham Road Club – we’re known as a friendly supportive bunch so why not pop down and give Mark your support?
Even if the challenge isn’t to your taste then pop along for the atmosphere and please don’t forget to make a donation.

REMINDER – Road Bikes, Helmets and Insurance

As part of our affiliation with British Cycling we are covered by their insurance on all Official club rides, this is third party only! This means that we expect anyone wanting to ride with the club should fill in the relevant paperwork in the event of an accident.

You must, if you want to ride with Cottingham Road Club, ride a Road Bike it must be fully road worthy and properly maintained for all club runs, you must also wear a suitable cycle helmet that conforms to British Standards!

We will then ask that you fill in a membership form. This includes the usual name and address information but also key emergency information, its better to be safe than sorry! This will then cover you on the rides, this is available in paper form or from the website.

As a British Cycling club YOU are entitled to half price membership at £14 which comes with all the benefits that come with being a BC member (see link below)! WE do expect that you have insurance be that through the club or through another agency

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of the committee who will do all they can to help you.

On behalf of CRC

Saturday 27th April Club Ride

Saturday’s ride is a flatter one than normal, we are starting at Swiss Cottage in East Hull.  We head out towards Sproatley and loop round on some of the flatter and more open roads available in the East Riding. Riding alongside fields and farms, it feels like you could be in Holland or Belgium, watch out for those crosswinds and keep together in a group to make the ride easier.

Depending on numbers we may ride in 2 groups to help the faster/slower riders

See you at 10am!


Club Ride to Sledmere

11 eager souls arrived at The Purple Cow on a bright and breezy morning ready for a long ride out to Sledmere House.  Meg Burkill managed to get many shots of the bikes with some interesting shadows being created thanks to the lesser spotted “Sun” being out.

The ride started at an good pace, heading out to Sledmere without a hint of wind, that was until we hit Wetwang (the cafe at Sledmere was closed!!) Whilst many have the delights of Harpers Fish and Chips others opted for a lighter option or just a coffee.

As soon as you leave Wetwang you hit a big climb, initially quite steep with twists and turns before flattening out somewhat, 4km of climbing after fish and chips is not the best idea.

We split into 2 bunches to allow the faster group to push on and the slower group to ride together without fear or being dropped. We dont leave people behind! The ride back was tougher, the wind was now in our face and we felt it all the way back to the Purple Cow.

A great ride that was made even better by the sun burn that those of us who braved shorts where now sporting.

Weekends are for cycling!

The Monument
Cottingham Road Club