Ride for Reuben – some busy days ahead.

I am down South for a while helping Yvette with her incredible RideforReuben. My duties are babysitting and driving the support vehicle in the RideforReuben that she plans from 27 May – 2 June. She is going to cycle approx 750 miles, as fast as she can.

#RideforReuben who is the 3-year-old superhero son of her very close friends. Reuben was diagnosed with aggressive neuroblastoma just days before his 3rd birthday. His wonderful parents need to raise the staggering amount of £250k to get him overseas treatment to fight this rare cancer and carry on his childhood and their family life.

Yvette RideforReuben

Yvette is a Mum to two young children she says she is “not super fit, or a super cyclist. This challenge to ride from the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, all the way through England to the very tip of Northern Scotland at John O Groats will push me beyond anything I have done before, or even thought of.

But Reuben’s fight is bigger and harder, and he is just little.

My ride will be a maximum of 7 days of punishing physical and mental pain, but little Reuben and his parents Jess and Kul are enduring a far far longer and harder trial. And they’re doing it with bravery and compassion and phenomenal strength. I can ride a few hundred miles to help them save their beautiful son, and I hope you can dig as deep as you can to donate to their fund.

This route usually is tackled over a period of 9- 14 days, but with childcare considerations I don’t have that much time. I will camp to increase flexibility so can go further on some days and hopefully complete even faster than my 7 day deadline. I will have support along the way and will plan ahead to stop for donations at specific points to share #ReubensFight.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul and I will smash this challenge to thank you all for your donations.”


Yvette did a great training day on Saturday 83 miles and I was looking after her lovely children Ellie Skye and Lexi. It was a had a hard days training with Dave her husband and Dan, she is going well and it is great to see the support she has from her family and friends.

It would be great if you could support her by donating to such a good cause?



Big Day


Yesterday was a long day we did a Recce of Day 1 from Oxford to Weem in the car. The route follows all the minor roads and it took so long even driving and then after 130 miles back home but that was the main roads. In all we were away for 10 hours while Big Dave looked after the girls. The committeement is huge for the family but with support and the hard training I am sure it will all come together, nearer the time it I will put the route in detail and maybe some of my pals may be able to support this great venture.

There is nothing worse than a sick child and it has touched me greatly to see the wonderful support  she is getting, thanks to all.

This from Yvette’s record of the day of the recce and is an honest account of what will be a stiff undertaking.

“Recco day in the car driven by Heavy  It’s SO far!!!! And it’s SO steep!!! The roads never end!! But it’s still only eventually 7 days out of my entire life – and nothing compared to the challenges being endured by @reubensfight and his wonderful family. The roads might be long but there will be a happy end in sight”

I ended the day with a walk with my mate Flo.

Flo in the flowers


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Ride for Reuben – some busy days ahead.

  1. Keeley Tarff says:

    Passed 3 very strong looking cyclists passing Castle Stuart, outside of Inverness on the drive to work this morning! Cycling that road, at that time in the morning takes some dedication and real grit, well done!! Your support vehicle highlighted your cause, will share on my Facebook tonight and hopefully get you some more donations. We wish you all the best for the completion of your amazing undertaking and even more so, we hope that Reuben gets stronger every day 💪😊💜👍🏻🚴🏻🚴‍♀️

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