Around Thames Valley in 80 Ways: the Relay
£3,000 buys 1 sports wheelchair and training. How many can we fund?
Purple Area is first off the mark as Haddenham set off by bus
Some chose Chiltern Railways to speed to Princes Risborough
Paparazzi takes a taxi to the Golf Club
A daffodil yellow 'ute' adds colour as skies darken
How far did these farmers' boys get on their tractor
Zooming down leafy lanes on a bicycle made for two
arriving safely in the car park
The speed merchants in hot pursuit
sedately followed by a wheelchair, braving the thunder and lightening
And bringing up the rear in a garden truck
Oops! All that rain has rendered the surfaces quite treacherous....
Somewhere over the rainbow..... baton safely delivered
A couple of weeks later Princes Risborough set off for Jordans in fine weather
Next time I'll get one with one of these new-fangled starters
Success as the Model T Ford sets off in style
Arriving at the first watering hole
President Tom Winkworth is on his way again
Anyone remember what I did with the car keys?
Calling in to the Clare Charity Centre to meet up with WheelPower Ambassador, Paralympian Chris Rattenbury and the TV cameras
and they are off on the road again.
heading for Wycombe and onto the A40
A brief stop at the Red Lion at Bradenham
How many Rotarians does it take to cross the A 4010
More than you would think
Keeping to the footpath, in accordance with H&S rules
Two hours later, the triumphant arrival at Jordans and District Rotary Club
'Left the Ferrari standing at the lights on the A40'
All neatly parked up.....
...... ready for the team photo
Following a good dinner, the banner is passed on to Jordans President Yvonne Childs
Meanwhile in White Area, Bicester set-up in Sheep Street
Shoppers arrive and collecting buckets soon fill up
Transport includes a mini-digger courtesy of Bowmer and Kirkland construction
and another realy BIG digger from the Sainsburys development site.....
Petrol-heads admire Tony's vintage Rover and donate to the cause
Dr Who's Tardis miraculously appears
We are joined by friends from Leonard Cheshire home at Dorchester
Buckets filled, time to prepare the transport for the journey to Banbury
Councillor Waine sets off on his scooter
Rob Douglas hops on his shiny blue motor bike
Banbury RC nip up the road in a bright red sporty number and handover the banner to Banbury Cherwell
Maroon Area is next to roll as Oxford Isis President Jeremy awaits his team
Time to enjoy a pint with well-wishers
Traveling by bike - what else - in the city of Dreaming Spires
Isis handover to President Keith Middleton at Oxford North
Oxford North assemble at their club HQ. Can we all see where we are going?
That's better, we can see clearly now.... off we go
A quick respite after taking St Giles by storm
Safe arrival at the Randolph Hotel to handover to Oxford RC
Oxford RC arrive at Islip to hand over the baton to Oxford Spires
Three clubs enjoy friendship and Live Music as Spires handover to Abingdon Vesper
President Chris Le Fevre whizzes downstairs to get Abingdon Vesper off to a fine start
A wheelie good chair for the next stage
White-van-man takes over down to the river
A striking barge gets lots of attention
Vesper steer a steady course down the Thames
Vesper handover to Abingdon RC
In Orange Area Langley&Iver Pres. Mohinder hands over to Pres. Lisa of Maidenhead Bridge
WheelPower: a great cause
Jordans&District take a train and the banner moves on with help from a nocturnal dog-walker
Other Transport includes a wheelchair
Refuse Bin and shopping trolley
Wheely Bin & Veteran sprinter
Special delivery by Royal Mail
Go-cart and baby-buggy....(is child labour permissible)
Various golf course vehicles
Down to the river and on to a Cruiser
It wouldn't be the Thames without a rower
Finally, the inevitable white van and a red one
A flavour of the fun and ingenuity of clubs' participation in this great event for WheelPower!
The object of the Around Thames Valley in 80 Ways relay is to raise funds and awareness for Rotary Wheel Appeal using as many modes of transport as possible, and have a great deal of fun while leaving a lasting Olympic Legacy!
Following the Opening Ceremony in April, many clubs have already completed their relay legs in this Area by Area tour of the Thames Valley District, raising funds and awareness for Wheel Power, Some events yet to come.....
More intrepid journeys to be added - watch this space!
Thanks to everyone who has already made a contribution to this great cause.