UYHC know there's more to life than just hockey, and together UYHC's members have done more than ever before to raise money for some great causes this year, which everyone has been able to get involved with in one way or another! Please take a moment to read about some of the events that UYHC has participated in during the year.
Seb Betts - Cycling 1000km
For the past couple of years the male members of UYHC have shown great commitment to the Movember campaign, which aims to raise awareness about men's mental health, testicular cancer and prostate cancer.
In November 2015 twelve UYHC MoBro's rallied to the cause and proudly donned moustaches of all shapes, sizes and styles to 'change the face of men's health'. Congratulations to all of them for their fantastic work in supporting this campaign!
"When it's cold outside, you wear a jumper. Why not offer your lip the same courtesy?" (Callum McCulloch, 2015)
This summer I raised money for the charity Action Against Hunger by cycling 1000km from my hometown in the North West to the Limousin in Western France with my Dad. The 7 day ride saw us pedal through two different countries over a variety of terrains and weather conditions.
Despite the occasional difficulty, we stuck to our timetable. A serious mechanical issue on our first day did its best to derail us, with us being forced to find a local mechanic and leave 20km more for the following day. Besides this and some near misses with cars in Aylesbury, Portsmouth and Poitiers, our journey was undisrupted. Although I’d be cheating if I didn’t admit to one of us getting distracted by the pretty planes above West London Aerodrome and consequently falling off the bike!
We cycled through a variety of weather conditions, witnessing rain of biblical proportions in Hampshire, thunderstorms in the L’Eure and scorching heat in the Limousin. We were also able to make the odd cultural stop with us visiting the German war cemetery at Champigny-Saint-André. This was well worth the visit despite the extra time it absorbed, forcing us to sprint through Blois and across the Loire in the dark to make sure we had time for dinner.
Overall it was an amazing challenge to undertake for an amazing charity. We raised over £2700 for Action Against Hunger; enough to provide 65 severely malnourished children with life-saving and health restoring treatment.
The Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon 2015, Sheffield
In April 2015, led by 2014/15 President and athlete-extraordinare, Tiarnan, fifteen of UYHC's members took Pre-Roses fitness to a new level by completing the Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield; in doing so we raised over £1,300 for Cavendish Cancer Care and Naomi House and Jacksplace Hospice, both of which are close to the hearts of some of our members. You can re-live the highs (a very long, big hill), the lows and the numerous Jelly-Baby stops through UYHC's video of the event, here!
Well done to all those who took part, and a huge thank you for all the support and donations we recieved!
Leeds Pretty Muddy, May 2015
As you've probably realised, UYHC like to do things a little differently to most clubs on campus. Amidst the post-exam madness, some of UYHC's ladies decided on an unconventional form of celebration and took on the Leeds Pretty Muddy 5k event in aid of Cancer Research UK. By running, walking, crawling and climbing their way to the finish, and getting suitably muddy in the process, UYHC's very own Pink Army raised over £700, helping Cancer Research continue their vital work towards finding a cure.
Well done to all of the girls that took part, needless to say we've never looked better.