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Teenage sailor completes unicycle marathon to raise funds for the RNLI

Duncan Codd, 14, has just completed 26.2 miles on a unicycle around the lanes of Sussex and Hampshire.  Managing a time of just under 4 hours, he negotiated steep climbs and descents in his attempt to raise £1000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
A keen sailor, Duncan has a Topper dinghy which he races in the sea off Felpham near Bognor Regis so was keen to raise money for a charity close to his heart.  “The RNLI often help out at our regatta events, their work is essential in keeping amateur sailors safe” says Duncan.  “RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards saved over 400 lives in 2011, over 80% of these were leisure craft or beach users, therefore their work is vital to anyone who enjoys the sea as much as I do.”
Duncan learned to ride a unicycle at a circus skills club at Bohunt School in 2010.  Since then he has diversified into other unicycle disciplines including Unicycle Hockey (playing for Horsham Unicycle Hockey Addicts) and Muni (like mountain biking but on a unicycle) with IWheel, a group of unicyclists from all over the South East of England.
He has been in training for his marathon ride since January, clocking up 10-15 mile rides most weekends.  He also cycles to and from school at Bohunt and is a familiar figure riding along Haslemere Road in Liphook.
Current funds raised stand at just over £850.  Anyone wishing to sponsor Duncan can do so by going to www.virginmoneygiving.com/unicycledunk
Contact details: Duncan Codd, 077 4046 1965 / 01428 722037


Penny's in the Park 2012 Event Report

First can I say what a great event  so much stuff going on which was great to watch plus I got to take part in the slalom race.

The first day (Saturday) was mainly bike races which was great to watch and we had quite a bit of interest at the stall, where we were showing off our just finished UDC Mk1 Penny Farthings.

Later in the day a slalom course was set up, from the start it was 12 metres to the first cone then 10 cones placed 4 metres apart and a short 12 metre sprint to the finish line. [based on Evandale rules]

There was a Unicycle Race and a Penny Farthing race.  In the penny farthing race Joff Sumerfield came first as pictured above putting in an amazing time of 11.66 seconds.  Roger Davies and Dane Smith both entered as well putting out decent times of 17.46 for Dane and 19.47 for Roger.

Next was the unicycle race which turned out to be just as intense competition as the Penny Farthings.  Dane did his first run on a 12" which was great fun putting him in with the slowest time of 23.21.

With that run Dane then decided on using a bigger wheel and moved up to his 36" for his next run, which was good move as he went on to win the unicycle slalom. Second was our very own Roger Davies, Third was Sam Wakeling and just missing out on the medals forth was me Nick Curwen. Here is the video of the battle for 3rd between me and Sam.

The video is on Facebook apologies if you cant view it.

Later that night Joff Summerfield gave a brief talk about the antics on his epic round the world penny farthing ride. Do a search on his trip its amazing!

Sunday kicked off with some nicer weather with the sun was out. The first race of the day was the small wheel unicycle race which looked like a great laugh..

Plus two of our sponsored riders came first and second. Matthew Morris 1st and Robert Day 2nd. Next was the large wheeled unicycle race on the full circuit of 2.7km for three laps.

Sam Wakeling came first setting a incredible time of 16mins 25sec

Second was Matthew Morris

Third was Roger Davies.

Next was the main feature the Penny Farthing race:

The Penny Farthings were led out by Alexander in the De Dion Bouton passing through the hall gates before three neutralised laps on the short circuit [this took its toll as the short hill towards the courtyard was a difficult ascent for those of the Penny Guys who were of an older vintage and less fit before the whistle was sounded and the riders blasted off onto the long circuit for the allocated time of 1 hour of racing. The field was soon split and after 54mins 30 secs of racing and 8 laps of the 2.7 km long course Richard Thoday crossed the finish arm aloft as the winner, and well deserved this was.

Graeme `Wideload` Waters

Roger Davies on a UDC Mk1 (Green) came 7th over all which is a good result for him carrying that camera on his head.

Dane Smith on a UDC Mk1 (Black) came second over all which a brillant result for a machine that was finished the Friday afternoon before the race.

Sam Wakeling on a UDC Mk1 (Brown) came third over all which is quite impressive to think he came first in the unicycle race that was before this race.

First place went to Richard Thoday an amazing ride and great work at fighting off the unicyclists thoughout the race.

All in all amazing event and we look forward to the next Pennys in the Park 2013. Plus thanks to all our sponsored rides that came to the event compeated and genarally helped out great to have you guys there.


Trading with Beard Juggling Company

UDC will be working with the Beard Juggling Company at some of the one day conventions this year. They will be providing a unicycle presence at the following conventions:

1st October 2010, Manchester Juggling Convention
16th October 2010, Durham Juggling Convention
4th December 2010, Leeds Juggling Convention

We will not have a full stall as we do at BJC and BUC but will have standard repairs and maintenance equipment along with a basic range of unicycles.

Hope to see you there.

Unicycle.com (US)

Here are a couple photos we have been sent from our partners in the USA. They are attending Interbike, check out the UDC branding! We love it!.. We will have to get one of those Gazebos and I’m trying to sweet talk Amy to give us all couple of those lanyards too.

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Mongolia Unicycle Tour

I have returned from Mongolia after completeing the Monguni Tour.   The tour was organised Ken Loo from New Zealand and Bike Asia.

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The ride covered 240 KM over 10 days.  There were a mixture of rider abilities and also unicycles.  Riders included Nathan and Beau Hoover and Kris and Shannon Holm.

Nick after Skyride..

Hello blog land.. with this being my first post on the shiny new UDC blog i though i would post up a picture of, yes you guessed.. me! This was taken after we finnished the "Sky Ride Middlesbrough" i was bit tired..

Events Calendar Updated..

UDC Staff have been working hard on the Events Calendar and we've just finnished, there is loads of events happening over the next few months so take a look at try to get to them.

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