The first Wirral Bikeathon, held in 1999, was the idea of Malcolm and Gillian Creek. It followed the death in 1996 of their daughter Alison, at the age of 23. Alison, a fun-loving and talented young adult, had been diagnosed with CML in 1995 whilst in her final year at University in Cardiff. Supported by her many friends and family, she successfully completed her degree and came home but the chemotherapy she was eventually treated with the following year was unsuccessful and to the devastation of her family and friends she died.
Malcolm and Gillian joined the Wirral Branch of the charity Leukaemia Research (now Bloodwise). They helped to raise funds for the charity locally and in the region. In 1998 they volunteered to help at the Manchester Bikeathon where some 200 riders took part and raised £12,000, which seemed amazing! Malcolm suggested to the Wirral Branch members that they organize a Bikeathon on the Wirral. There were seven on the Bikeathon Committee all with similar reasons for supporting the charity.
Malcolm worked tirelessly to set up the event, and with the help of family and friends we even acted as a mailing house. On the day of that first Wirral Bikeathon, 13 June 1999, we were stunned to find over 700 riders turn up and an astonishing £23,000 was raised for the charity. Since then the event has been held in June every year, come wind, rain or shine, and a total of £880,000 has been raised by our fantastic supporters for Bloodwise. We are a local Branch of the Bloodwise charity and currently have about 10 active members. Our Branch is comprised of volunteers who in their spare time raise funds for this valuable cause.
The Bikeathon is still organised entirely by a small group of local volunteers with help on the day from around 100 marshals and supporters.
Join us at the 19th Wirral Bikeathon and online entry is now open here! The Wirral & Merseryside Branch would love to reach the £1 million mark by their 20th event in 2018! So please come along and take part with your friends and family on 11th June!
The final two photos below were taken by Carl Walker at last year's bikeathon.