2007/8 – The year of Parkinson’s Disease Society

£3500 RAISED SO FAR!!!

High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre has chosen the Parkinson’s Disease Society as its preferred charity for the year.

The target is to raise £3400 for Parkinson’s with a number of events planned throughout the year to help us reach this target.

Why £3400? The main focus is for some of the team at High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre to enter the Mountain of Hell 2008, which is a downhill Mountain Bike Race in Les Deux Alpes, France. The race starts on the glacier at an altitude of 3400 metres (hence the £3400 target) and finishes at 900 metres in the small village of Venosc having passed through Les Deux Alpes village.

The racers were: Tim Ferguson (Director), Mick Ellerton (Senior Instructor), Pete Oldam (Director), Jon Robinson & Jon Beyer. They were very well supported on all the training weekends by Chris Jepson (Director) & Gary Asquith.

High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre would also like to thank Ultimate Outdoors for their support and sponsorship of technical clothing for all the riders during the training and the race.

Who has / is sponsoring us? Thanks must go to an awful lot of people ranging from suppliers to High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre, staff at HA, friends & family of our staff and the wider community. Recently we have just held a truly successful CASINO NIGHT at High Adventure which raised £700, other events included an Australian themed quiz, coffee morning and old fashioned sponsor me for riding down the Mountain of Hell type requests.

Have a look at some of the links to get more of an idea of the 2008 Mountain of Hell:


The link below is the official results of the race, for those that can read French you will be able to see that Pete Oldam (one of the Directors at High Adventure) came last of those that complete the race, Pete came 274 out of 400. He was the only person to get a special mention (other than the winner) on the results page. Un grand bravo!


Craven Herald Newspaper article about the race

Team tackles Mountain of Hell

11:47am Monday 11th August 2008

Five Craven men have ridden down the Mountain of Hell.

A team from the High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre in Cowling took up the challenge of doing the Mountain of Hell Bike Race in Les Deux Alpes, France, to raise money for the Parkinson’s Disease Society.

Starting at an altitude of 3,400 metres, the 25-kilometre route went over the snow and ice of a glacier, across rock and gravel and then down a steep track.

Of the 400 people that entered the race, only 274 completed it, but each of Craven’s five man team reached the bottom.

The riders, Tim Ferguson, Pete Oldam, Mick Ellerton, Jon Robinson and Jon Beyer, are aiming to raise £3,400 for the Parkinson’s Disease Society.

Mr Ferguson, director of High Adventure, said: “My father-in-law has been a sufferer for more than 14 years. We’re aiming to raise £3,400 because that was the altitude at the start of the race.”

So far the group has raised £2,500 and is hoping to raise the rest of the money at a casino night being held at the High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre next Saturday, August 23.

Tickets are £10 and are available from High Adventure on 01535 630044.

Keighley News article about the race

Tim to ride down hell mountain

From the archive, first published Thursday 3rd Jan 2008.

Mountain bike riders are being challenged to tackle one of the most demanding rides in the sport’s calendar – and raise cash for disabled people at the same time.

Tim Ferguson, an outdoor education instructor, is to take on The Mountain of Hell in his bid to help the battle against Parkinson’s Disease.

He has been inspired to compete in the three day challenge in Les Dieux Alpes, France, by his father-in-law, Mel Jones, who has suffered from the disease for about 13 years.

“When I met my wife, Lyn, about 13 years ago, her father had just been diagnosed. He was suffering mildly then but it is a nasty, progressive illness,” he said.

Tim, who is a director of the High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre, at Cowling, is aiming to bank £3,400.

And to help him hit the mark, he is challenging other mountain bike enthusiasts – he is looking for about nine or ten – to join him in the venture next July.

“The more of us there are, the more likely we are to reach the target,” said Tim, 37.

“The race, which attracts both amateur and professional riders, sets off from the glacier at 3,400 meters and finishes at about 600 metres.

“I want to raise one pound for every one metre of the 3,400 metres,” said Tim.

“Within the mountainbike sport, people say if there is one challenge to do it is this one – single track down hill from this altitude makes it not for the faint hearted.

“I also want to make it a bit more exciting for people who sponsor me as well.

“Instead of just begging for money from people, they will automatically get entered into a sweepstake – the prizes are coming from organisations which are already supporting me.

“I’m asking my sponsors to guess how long it will take me to complete the race and the number of crashes I have.”

The challenge is restricted to 400 riders and is over three days.

There are races on the first two days, in which riders qualify to take part in the final on the third over the 25 kilometre course.

Tim, who has a 19-month-old daughter, Catrin, has already secured support from Fitness First, in Keighley, Aire Valley Cycles, in Keighley, Science in Sport and from his own company.

Anyone wishing to join him or wants to sponsors the challenge can contact him on 078878 40499, 01535 630044 or on info@highadventureoec.co.uk.

From the archive
© Newsquest Media Group 2008

Have a look at some video clips of the race:

If you want to help our cause then please follow the link below and donate online (all monies goes direct to Parkinson’s)


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