Last year Epic Kidz gave a Dave Hitchen Grant to Savannah Morgan. She started off as a 10 year old in the field of triathlon however soon discovered she had great ability on the bike. She had a go at some local crit races and then the Dolan series and CDNW races. By 2015, Savannah had won the Dolan series, competed in the Youth Tour of Scotland and was picked for the Hoy Future Stars races.
In 2016, 16 year old Savanah wanted to progress to 2-3 day races but was struggling to keep up with the competition due to her lack of a time trial bike. Her family were unable to purchase a TT bike as they had already purchased a road bike for the forthcoming season as well as the race entry fees and travel expenses associated with racing up and down the country.
The Dave Hitchen Fund stepped in and provided a grant to allow Savannah to buy her needed TT bike.
Fast forward to 2017, Savannah has made her road time trial debut in the UCI nations cup at the Omloop Van Borsele in the Netherlands. Unfortunately for Savannah she picked up food poisoning after this stage so was unable to compete in stage 2 after being pulled from the start line due to vomiting.
Savannah says that “the trip wouldn’t have been possible without the Dave Hitchen funding to help with the purchase of the Time Trial bike” and she will keep us all updated with her results and progress in future races.
We first came across Amy Gornall (big sister to Rhiannon from our blog last week) last year. She had been racing on the road for 6 years and had been North West Regional Champion twice as well as representing the North West & Wales. The Dave Hitchen Fund provided Amy with a grant to help towards her travel costs for the upcoming year so that she could continue to race up and down the country and gain enough experience to eventually be able to race abroad.
Amy’s 2016 season started well with some good results but unfortunately it was soon overshadowed by injury. Eventually, by September, she was back on the road to recovery and by Christmas she was back training with endless sessions in the gym.
Amy is now on her 7th season of racing and is riding for Podium Ambition. She is back racing again and wants to be able to race on the continent this year to gain experience riding in the next tier up from National level in the UK. She hopes to ride more races in the European circuit, as well as to perform well in the National Series races.
The Dave Hitchen Fund has given Amy a £500 grant to assist with the ever increasing travel costs of getting up and down the country racing as well as abroad on the European circuit.
You can keep up to date with Amy’s racing via her website http://www.amygornall.com.
2 years ago we were introduced to Rhiannon Gornall. She was 15 years old, studying for her GCSE’s and riding competitively in the North West Road League and the National Series. The Dave Hitchen Fund provided Rhiannon with a £500 grant to help with her travel costs for the year so that she could continue to race up and down the country.
Rhiannon’s cycling has been improving year upon year. In 2016 she raced nationally, on the North West Youth Tour and the Youth Tour of Scotland (where she finished 9th overall).
Her goals for 2017 are to gain experience racing at women’s national level in the U.K. as well as racing abroad. The Dave Hitchen Fund has provided Rhiannon with a £500 grant to help her with the travel costs so that she can race internationally as well as in the U.K.
1st Appleby Scout Group are the friendly faces that feed the Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive riders every March. They have become a regular feature at the Appleby food stop and are getting a reputation for fantastic sandwiches and a mean cup of coffee.
Thanks to the generosity of the Eden Valley Sportive riders, the scouts raised the grand total of £613, almost double the amount that was raised last year.
The scouts rely on this fundraising to be able to keep their group running, take the children on trips and camp, as well as undertaking a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities.
Epic Kidz have added a further £613 to the funds raised, bringing the total donation from the Eden Valley Epic riders to £1226.
This is a fantastic amount and it is greatly appreciated by 1st Appleby Scout Group. The group have been in dire need of some new tents to allow the scouts to go camping, attend camps and other overnight activities. The funds raised will allow the Scouts to purchase some brand new tents which will last them for years to come.
Zappi Racing is lead by Flavio Zappi, an Italian ex-professional cyclist who now devotes his not inconsiderable energies to developing British riders at U-23, Junior & Youth level through a largely continental race calendars.
Zappi Racing presented it’s new junior team in Oxford on Saturday 3rd December. The team includes Mark Donovan (National CX Champion – Cumbria), Jake Wright (National Junior 25 Mile TT Champion – Bury), Lewis Hartley (Poulton Le Fylde), Jacques Sauvangnargues (Chipping Norton) & Harry Gillett (Leamington). The team of very promising juniors have a very challenging training and racing calendar ahead of themselves, including UCI and National level races in the UK, Spain, Belguim, France and Italy. It is hoped that success with this upcoming calendar will then attract the attention of professional and semi professional teams.
The Dave Hitchen Fund has given the Zappi Racing Junior Team a grant of £500 to help with their travel costs.
Flavio said “This group of boys carry their hopes and dreams through their junior years. To succeed they will need passion and dedication as well as talent. Zappi aims to give them the opportunities to develop this mix through a very healthy and ethical approach. There is a lot of race travel for these guys to do and the Dave Hitchen Fund support will make a big difference in helping to meet the rider travel costs“.
We will keep you updated on their progress as their season progresses.
Find out more about the Zappi Racing Team at http://www.zappiracing.com.
1st Kirkham & Wesham Scouts is a long-established group, made up of circa 100+ members of boys & girls across Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, and Explorers. They are a very active group, participating in many sports, camps and voluntary / fundraising work. They are one of the only scouting groups in Lancashire, who camp under canvas for a week and cater for themselves.
In-order to do all these activities the Scout group need a reliable minibus. Their current minibus is quite old and has broken down a number of times. Through fundraising, donations & grants 1st Kirkham Scouts want buy a new mini bus, which will cost around £18,000.
Epic Kidz has donated £500 to 1st Kirkham & Wesham Scouts to go towards their fundraising for their new minibus. The new minibus will allow the group to continue to access the many sports and activities they currently partake in, which are invaluable to help them develop skills and become exemplary members of the community.
You can find out more about 1st Kirkham & Wesham Scout Group at http://www.1stkirkhamandweshamscouts.org.uk
Last May the Dave Hitchen Fund gave a grant to talented gymnast, Abbie Dawson. Abbie had successfully obtained a place on the Senior Womens Gymnastic Team and went on to represent Great Britain at the European Team Gymnastics Championships in Slovenia last October.
Abbie already has a British Gymnastics gold medal and was hoping to also get a European gold with her team.
Abbie went to Slovenia on 10th October as part of the Senior Womens Gymnastics Team. The team qualified in 6th place overall and made it to the final on 15th October. Unfortunately for the whole team, they didn’t bring any medals home however they did do their Country proud by reaching the finals and competing against the very best teams in Europe. The whole competition was also streamed live as the sport is very popular in Nordic countries.
Abbie’s aim for the future is to qualify for the GB team at the next European Championships in 2018.
Abbie and her parents have thanked everyone for their support. Abbie would not have been able to fulfil her dream if it wasn’t for the support and funding from the Dave Hitchen Fund.