Two Guinness World Records™ titles successfully broken at all-day sponsored Rave and Ride event for the Motor Neurone Disease Association
The incredible ‘Fitness Festival’ themed event saw hundreds cycle on indoor studio bikes alongside incredible DJs, all to raise awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association
It also saw incredible DJs perform to the masses, including headliner Secondcity, DJ Sam Cherry, DJ Youngie, DJ Peeping Tom, DJ Rob Anderson and DJ Andy Hughes
Participating in the event were James ‘Arg’ Argent, Sarah Harding, George Gilbey and his mum Linda, Vogue Williams, Louisa Lytton, Richard from the Stereophonics, Matt Evers, Jules Knight and many more!
History was made alongside vital funds raised for the MND Association at the momentous Rave and Ride event held in Buckinghamshire on Saturday May 14th. The total raised in the eight-hour challenge was £30,856 and both Guinness World Records titles, Most money raised in 8 hours by static cycling and Most mechanical energy produced by pedalling on static bicycles in one hour were achieved on the day.
Organised by entrepreneur Steven Smith, who lost his mum, Genifer, to MND, the event at Stoke Park, Europe’s leading Five Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club, saw individuals and teams of indoor cyclists come together for an all-day sponsored ride with club music provided by some of the biggest international DJs.
Secondcity was the main headliner, also known as Rowan Harrington. His top hit in 2014 was ‘I Wanna Feel’ which peaked to number 1 on the UK singles chart. You can view this hit here
DJ Secondcity was joined by good friend and fellow DJ, Solaris and they played an electric back to back mix together.
Steven Smith, said of the challenge, ‘I’m broken, destroyed, emotional and elated. I am overwhelmed with the support and the people who took part or donated are heroes. There is still a chance to donate to make as much money for MND as possible. I will not stop until I find a cure and this is the first of many events that we put on for such an important cause’.
Steven, who lives with his family in High Wycombe, had already raised an incredible £115,000 for the MND Association from previous Rave and Ride events, as well as countless other fundraising adventures, including, The Arctic, several London Marathons and the gruelling L’Etape du Tour cycle race.
The money raised from this event will help fund a fellowship based at the MND Care and Research Centre at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.
About motor neurone disease (MND) and the MND Association:
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. MND does not usually affect the senses such as sight, sound, feeling etc.
It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe.
It affects people from all communities.
It kills around 30% of people within a year of diagnosis, and 50% within 21 months.
A person’s lifetime risk of developing MND is up to 1 in 300.
Six people per day are diagnosed with MND in the UK.
It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.
It kills six people per day in the UK, this is just under 2,200 per year
It has no cure.
The MND Association was founded in 1979 by a group of volunteers with experience of living with or caring for, someone with MND. Since then, we have grown significantly, with an ever-increasing community of volunteers, supporters and staff, all sharing the same goal - to support people with MND and everyone who cares for them, both now and in the future.
We improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers.
We fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments and brings us closer to a cure for MND.
We campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND, and everyone who cares for them, are recognised and addressed by wider society.
Picture Caption: Left To Right, Rave And Ride® Power Instructors, Fran Kelland, Zena Jordan, centre Steven Smith has raised £140,000 for the MND Association and has vowed to continue, Fran Presho, Claire Dumpleton.
Join the ‘Fitness Festival’ themed event to cycle on indoor studio bikes and to see incredible DJs like Secondcity, all to raise awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.
Not a fan of cycling? Come along to support family members and friends taking part and see some great acts and enjoy the festival atmosphere with your friends!
Secondcity has been announced as the main headliner of Rave and Ride, an event to raise vital funds for the MND Association. Join Secondcity and more big names in raising awareness of this fatal condition.
The Spring Edition of Thumb Print, MND's own publication, is carrying details of Steven's amazing efforts to raise both a huge amount of cash for further research into this debilitating disease plus his attempt to smash a World Record on May 14th 2016! You can be a part of this fantastic event by signing up today.
Q. Does sound a great event but expensive if I want to do both records? A. While it may seem expensive, that figure has VAT in that price and apart from the goodies (high quality medal, and Tech T Shirt) we also have 8 DJ's, a full lighting rig, sound, projection, effects and staging coming in. In addition we have a mini outdoor festival environment being created as well.
Q. The Secret Record? sounds serious, do I have to be a super fit cyclist for this? A. NO. You will be required to ride for short periods of time. Anyone with a good level of fitness, Spinning®, indoor cycling will be able to do this.
Q. Do you have to be a cyclist or can you do this for fun? A. NO. The 8 hour is all about team fun. There will be lots of instructors on hand to help with bike setup and keep you safe during the event.
Q. What are they actually doing? Probably a stupid question! A. We are doing two Guinness World Records. The first is a team event of 3 people for 1 hour. The second the main event is all about raising the most amount of money for the MND Association in a 8 hour indoor cycling and spinning event with music played by some of the top DJ's in the music industry.
Q. How much are you looking to raise for the charity. A. On the day we hope to raise in excess of £100,000.
Rave And Ride Launch Double World Record Charity Indoor Cycling Event - 14th May 2016
This spectacular event will see individuals and teams of indoor cyclists attempt two Guinness Book World Records, while raising thousands of pounds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association at the same time.
Taking place on the 14th May 2016, at Stoke Park, Europe’s leading Red Five Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club.
Set amongst 300 acres of glorious parkland, lakes, historic gardens and monuments created over the past one thousand years, Steven and his team at Rave And Ride, are planning an amazing all day indoor cycling event, with music hosted by some of the best UK and international DJ’s.