Riv’s Riders is made up of 11 ‘core’ team members, who are cycling the 410 miles from Penzance to Warrington next week. But the team is much bigger than that – we have incredible support around us, including additional riders joining us for one or more legs of the challenge, support car drivers driving a relay along the route, friends who have offered food and accommodation along the way and not to mention the press office and people involved at the finish line!
We couldn’t do it without everyone here – thank you. And thank you to all of our friends, family, colleagues and contacts who have helped spread the message about this challenge and hugely supported the fundraising effort!
So without further ado I’d like to introduce you to the Riv’s Riders 2016 team…
The Core Team:
“My name is Fin and I’m River’s older brother. I am taking part in the Riv’s Riders cycle challenge to see how far I can push myself for my brother and for such an imperative cause. As long as that’s 410 miles and 21,959 ft of climbing then everything will be ok!!”
“I’m Riv’s younger brother so naturally, when the idea came up, I was never gonna say no… It’s a challenge for us, but we are all ready to do it for my brother.”
“I’m Riv’s big sister and eldest sibling. This challenge was my crazy idea! I can’t believe how far the team has come in the last 3 months or so. We’ve had the most incredible support and have raised our fundraising target twice! I never imagined it would go like this, it’s amazing. I’m so pleased we have built something that will make a big impact on the launch of the RRF and young people like my brother and his friends
I have a picture of River on my crossbar which keeps me going during the training low points. I know he’s having a good laugh about his sis doing this much exercise in his name – but I make sure I raise a few glasses along the way as well… Cheers!”
The Part Riders:
(Penzance to Camelford: Leg 1)
“I’ve known Mark [Jezza ] for some time,never met Riv but given the tragedy wanted to do something. The ride is a great idea and I am sure Riv’s legacy will live on through his foundation. ‘Aki Aki Kia kaha ‘ [forever and ever be strong]”
(Clevedon to Tewkesbury: Leg 3)
“I was asked by Stella, River’s sister, to join the ride for one leg after we did the London to Brighton together. Having seen my performance that day, I suspect she’s invited me as she knows I’ll keep the average speed down. I’m joining from Bristol, where I grew up, and we’re passing Gloucester where I was born, so if nothing else, at least I’ll be able to act as tour guide!”
(Tewkesbury to Warrington: Legs 4,5 & 6)
“I knew River as I was the manager at Morrisons when he came knocking on the door for a job, little did I know how much of effect he would have on my life. I am now part of his extended family and friends but could always see he was destined for bigger things and yes – he was a pain in the arse and still will be after this ride !!!! However it was just River world.”
Vicky Lawton & Nikki Kenyon
(Stone to Warrington: Leg 6)
“Vicky Lawton and Nicola Kenyon are joining the team for the final stretch. Nicky is Marketing Manager at Warren Partners and Vicky is the Managing Director, an organisation which closely partners with Stella and her organisation. Pleased to be supporting Stella and all the team to raise money for such a special cause in memory of Riv and his talented band, Viola Beach. Good luck to everyone doing the ride, we look forward to joining you on the final leg.”
The Support Team:
Support Driver (Penzance to Tiverton: Legs 1 & 2)
“Hi, i’m Jez Mylward, Rivers Uncle. I am very proud to be involved in this event as a support driver and have huge admiration for the riders. As a Penzance local and where River spent a lot of his childhood, I wanted to take part in this momentous challenge. I know that River would be delighted that his family and friends are raising money for such a worthy cause.”
Support Driver (Tiverton to Bristol: Leg 3)
“I’m Stella’s Dad. The River Reeves Foundation is a fantastic idea : helping new musicians and bands get on the stage where we can all enjoy them. Good luck to the Riv’s Riders Team!”
Support Driver (Bristol to Tewkesbury: Leg 4)
AND putting us all up on Wednesday!
“I’m an old pal of Ben, River’s dad. I think the River Reeves Foundation is a brilliant idea and I’m just grateful that I’m able to play a small part in supporting Ben and Sharon, the family and the Riv’s Riders Team.”
Steve & Julie Cooper
Support Drivers (Tewkesbury to Warrington: Legs 5 & 6)
“We are the support vehicle on the Friday and Saturday for Rivs Riders. We just wanted to be part of an amazing fund raising event in memory of River. River was part of lives for many years and we miss him; he would have been so proud of all his family and friends who are working so hard for the charity.”
Adam & Billy Joe
Warringtonian Adam Garner & the River Reeves Foundation touring press office, christened Billy Joe (frontman of Riv’s Favourite band Green Day) will be rolling into town behind the ride team – all the way from Penzance to Warrington!
Say hello… To Adam and Billy Joe…
“Our youngest daughter Lexie is in the same class at school as River’s youngest brother Dylan and my wife, Loretta is friends with Sharon. We were all naturally devastated at the news back in February and the whole community has rallied round and supported the incredible Reeves / Dunne family. Ben and Sharon have been truly inspirational during such a terrible time for them and their family.
I am a last minute call up and am delighted to be here and help in any way I can. I am really looking forward to meeting all the team and supporting this fantastic feat they are undertaking. The River Reeves Foundation is such a worthy cause and has achieved so much in such a short time. Good luck everyone xx”
Warrington Team Leader!
“Hi I’m Sharon Dunne and I’m River’s step-mum. I am so proud to be part of this epic challenge. My job is to make sure the team have an arrival they deserve! No pressure! This is not just a physical journey but an emotional one which we will all remember!
Please support this challenge and help the River Reeves Foundation to enable young performers to realise their dreams!”
You can sponsor Riv’s Riders here