Director of Nursing gears up for charity bike ride

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital cycle challenge this year is one of its toughest and will see Director of Nursing Emma McKay training hard for the 100 mile challenge — her aim to tackle the course before the professionals!

On 6 September, Emma will be cycling the southern section of the Tour of Britain stage through Norfolk just a week before the UK’s biggest professional cycle race returns to East Anglia. Anyone can join the bike ride to cycle the famous route and there are also 20 and 40 mile options too which are suitable for families and those who want to sample the Tour of Britain route.

Emma said: “I excitedly accepted the opportunity and the challenge to ride the 100 miles. It is important from a personal view point, and in my role as the Director of Nursing to support the hospital’s charity. In addition as a keen athlete I am excited to have the chance to ride the course before the world’s top cyclists!”

The NNUH Sportive offers a choice of three circular routes (100 miles, 40 miles or 20 miles) all of which will cover the same roads as the Tour stage as it leaves Norwich and heads into Suffolk via Thetford. Riders will turn off the Tour stage roads and complete their ride by returning to the event HQ at NNUH through the quiet leafy lanes of South Norfolk and Breckland.

Fundraising Manager Louise Cook said: “Emma is very supportive of the hospital charity and we are so pleased she has signed up to take part in hospital ride. Other staff have already signed up and we hope that more will join in and help to raise money for the hospital charity. ”

Money raised by this event will help fund additional facilities to improve patient and visitor experience in the hospital. Up to £9* from every entry fee will go direct to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital charity. If anyone wants to raise additional sponsorship, they can choose any hospital department or ward to benefit from these donations, helping for example, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, cardiology or stroke patients, or many others.

As well as the charitable donation, the entry fee provides free ‘on route’ feed stops; electronic timing, fully signposted routes; full medical and mechanical support and transport back to event HQ for anyone unable to finish their ride. The start and finish is at the main NNUH Colney Lane site where ample free car parking will be available.

Register now on the British Cycling website ( or enter online here ( for further details.

*£9 for the 100mile, £7 for the 40mile and £5 for the 20mile

Notes to editors
Emma Mckay will also be completing the Ultimate Ironman Triathlon on 16th August in Shropshire to raise money for Kerry Greyhounds. For more information go to: or to donate, go to:


Thursday 30th of July 2015 04:00:50 AM