5 men, 8 days, 960 miles
John O'Groats to Lands End (JOGLE)

CALM

The Route

  1. Day 1
    John O Groats to Dingwall
    134 miles
  2. Day 2
    Dingwall to Blairgowie
    137 miles
  3. Day 3
    Blairgowie to Lockerbie
    127 miles
  4. Day 4
    Lockerbie to Bamber Bridge
    128 miles
  5. Day 5
    Bamber Bridge to Ludlow
    131 miles
  6. Day 6
    Ludlow to Bath
    91 miles
  7. Day 7
    Bath to Okehampton
    108 miles
  8. Day 8
    Okehampton to Lands End
    103 miles

Why Ride?

  • To raise awareness and funding for mental health charity CALM
  • The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK
  • In 2017, a total of 5,821 suicides were registered in the UK, males accounted for 75% of these suicides
  • The personal challenge of riding over 960 miles in 8 days
  • To achieve a long term physical and mental goal with friends who all cope with mental health issues through the power of exercise
  • To inspire other men that ‘it’s ok to not be ok’ and that talking is the most powerful form of therapy

What is JOGLE?

  • 960 mile cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End
  • A team of 5 cyclists and 1 support crew
  • The attempt will be over 8 days cycling an average of 120 miles per day over some of Britain’s most challenging roads
  • Passing through 21 counties in England and Scotland
  • Climbing a total of 50,000 ft in elevation (Mt Everest is only 29,000 ft and Ben Nevis only 4,400 ft)
  • Each day we will be cycling between 7-8 hours
  • Our target is to raise £10,000 for CALM

Meet the Team

Brett Savidge

Brett Savidge

20 years ago I suffered a major negative reaction to taking anti malaria tablets, which lead to a loss of feeling in control, a sense of not knowing my actions and being in a disturbing head space. For months I was worried to go out, struggled to sleep and even short car journeys would fill me with dread. It lead to a period of depression that took some time to work through. Even now the smallest things that I can’t control can become a big problem, but I have learnt to control those demons most of the time.

Exercise and Sport really helped me to overcome some of these issues. I started doing bike rides for charity and some charity runs which then turned into a passion for cycling and triathlon. When I am on my bike or running, it’s a happy place for me. It’s a switch off from the stresses around me and best of all a great time to think and put the realities into perspective. Mental health does affect everyone, in many different ways, for me, it’s about being busy all the time, having a project, a challenge or being with your loved ones. I’ve always want to do John O Groats to Lands End on a bike and now feel we have a great reason to do it.

Dave Couldridge

Dave Couldridge

I have always wanted to ride from end to end of the country and doing it for a mental health charity has really helped me focus and get excited. I had a very close association with a very close relative for many years who suffering with quiet debilitating mental health problems. I also lost a close friend and my brothers stepson by taking their own life's as the only way out which is so so sad and more needs to be done to reduce this type of action.  I feel that if I can help towards reducing the affects on mental health by raising the awareness and at the same time achieve something I have always aspired to achieve what a brilliant way to spend my time with friends.

Dermott Hayes

Dermott Hayes

I am fortunate enough to have known my team mates for a number of years having been involved in the same triathlon club and within my professional role as a triathlon coach. On a personal level I have been around the cycling and triathlon world since 1998 and through my sports science background I have been able to make it my career.

Taking on JOGLE has a very personal meaning to me and in particular the opportunity to raise awareness and fundraise for mental health. I have over the last 6-7yrs struggled with periods of depression that have lead to major changes in my personal life. Through finally admitting there was a problem, having counselling and taking the risk of speaking to friends I have been able to find ways to see a better path. One of the best outlets for me has always been when riding my bike, with friends and there is a lot of time to chat so the chance to ride nearly 1000 miles over 8 days is going to give a lot of opportunity for that.

JOGLE is by no means going to be a breeze but working as a team, sharing this experience is going make the miles seem far easier.

David Martin

David Martin

I am a serving Essex Police Traffic Sergeant. I have spent the last 8 yrs. managing the traumatic scenes of Fatal road traffic collision. In our job we see horrific injuries and the death and destruction caused on our countries roads. Then have the unpleasant task of delivering the worst news anyone can get to the families.

People have this perception that Police Officers are like robots and things mean nothing to us and we are ‘just doing a job’

That couldn’t be further from the truth. Having attended 10 road deaths in 14 days I have gone home, woken my family up just to cuddle them. I have suffered flashbacks, smells associated with scenes, lack of sleep, anxiety, depression, these are all symptoms of PTSD.

We are only human.

I am taking part in this cycle event to raise awareness of the mental health issues suffered by police officers. To challenge the public’s perception, show our humanity and show my colleagues in the UK that it is ok to cry, that it isn’t weakness and to ask for help rather than try and carry the burden on their own.

Goran Raven

Goran Raven

I started exercising and to ride a road bike as a means of escapism after going through an extremely challenging point in my life in 2011. Things that I took for granted and had believed to be certain were taken from me and I found myself suffering from extreme pressure and stress, that I just didn’t know how to cope with.

Accidentally the escapism of cycling and exercising turned into being the best choice I could have made as it helped calm the tension and stress I found my self under by virtue of distraction.