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Collins Chases Building Funding

Oct 18 2007 23:08
The Big Cheese
Former ICU President John Collins is in the process of chasing sponsorship money from his bike ride.
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Former ICU President John Collins is chasing up major donors to his fund-raising bike ride and has asked Live! to highlight the fact that he did in fact manage to deliver on a promise for once. Readers may recall that earlier this year he caused much hilarity by coming off his bike barely six miles into his John O'Groats to Land's End bike ride.

After surgery, therapy and recuperation (and whilst harbouring a bruised ego and an irrational fear of Cornish roads) Collins attempted this feat for a second time in early September. Without mentioning his plans to anybody, including his mother, he quietly made his way from John O'Groats to Land's End with few incidents and, this time, no injuries.

Describing this journey as "one of the hardest physical challenges I have ever undertaken", Collins competed his 928 mile journey in thirteen days and has recently published details of his journey on his cheesy website.

So far the fundraising effort has raised just over £1000, however Collins insists that over £2000 was pledged before the first attempt and he is in the process of bullying the likes of Sir Richard Sykes and Trevor Phillips to make good on their promises. College have so far failed to deliver their part of the funding for the redevelopment plan.

Rumours that current President Stephen Brown plans to upstage Collins by swimming the English Channel wearing nothing but a kilt are, as yet, unconfirmed.

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Discussion about “Collins Chases Building Funding”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
Oct 19 2007 10:35

Personally I'd rather break my arm six miles after starting than six miles before the end! What made you decide to do the trip backwards John? Sounds risky to me.

Oct 19 2007 12:49

Hi Martin.

I started from the top end for three reasons:

1. Weather - There was a window of dry weather in Scotland and I was keen to catch it before autumn arrived,

2. Vehicle Support - I only had vehicle support for a week and guessed it would be more useful in wild, remote Scotland (which it was),

3. Superstition - I didn't have the balls to face Cornwall until the end of the journey (not a great excuse...).

Oct 19 2007 16:44

I've said my fair share of harsh things about John in the past, but I have nothing but respect for him for going back and finishing the job he set out to do.

I just hope he manages to chase up the funds, and that people don't weasel their way out of this one.

4. Simon   
Oct 26 2007 14:59

Nice one John, kudos for having the guts to get back in the seat after that, AND doing it on the quiet too!

Just need to chase up those tight gits now...... You surely know by now how hard it is to get money from anyone at College!

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