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
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 UYHC Ultra-Marathon
As a build up to Roses 2017, nearly all members of UYHC took part in an 'ultra-marathon', running 228 miles in under 12 hours, which is the exact distance from York to Lancaster and back. The club managed to raise a whopping £1236.00 for York Mind, whilst getting some fantastic pre-Roses training in. Everyone ran at least four miles, and the race continued through the night until past 4am before we completed the full distance.