John Kirkham

John Kirkham
In Australia, 3 children die of cancer every week. Please sponsor me and support my challenge to fight kids' cancer and save little lives!
I've Ridden 251.0 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 45th
  • State: 7th in Qld
I've raised $5,162.73 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

Patrick Henry Kirkham

My Story

This October, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!

Because right now, cancer is the largest single killer of children from disease in Australia – over 600 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly, 3 die every week.

Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.

And so I am riding and raising funds to support the Children's Medical Research Institute to continue their work into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Please support my challenge by making a donation through my fundraising page to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.

Together, we can save little lives.

Thanks for your support.

John

My Challenge

  • Final Update - 2019
    25 Oct 2019

    ...one last ride this morning - left the MTB at home and headed for Bribie Island (another fishing camp)...

    ...felt a little strange on the cyclocross, at first plus I needed to remember the "cleats" - those that have tem will understand. Lol!...

    ...good run - 109.1km in 4:47 (25.3km avg)...

    ...good to have the MTB legs for any hills - made it easier to get over them...

    ...plans in motion for the GCC 2020 - it'll be a lot of fun but also a challenge...

    ...thanks again to everybody that supported me this year - amazing job by good people...

    Posted 42 days ago
  • 109.1 km ride - 0/109.1 - Friday, 25 October 2019

    From Nambour to Bribie Island

    Logged this ride 42 days ago
  • Update - 8
    19 Oct 2019

    ...well, it is a degree of satisfaction that I can report that I met (plus a "smidge" more. Lol!) my 2019 GCC "km" target this morning...

    ...101.3km "off road" on my MTB and it included some of the most difficult riding that I've ever done - every "cm" earned...

    ...the balance of the recorded distance (142km) was on the MTB but I didn't count it, as I was "on road" (riding to the start of the MTB trails)...

    ...today's ride was to use an equestrian term - a "clear round"...

    ...nothing went awry and I managed to keep my feet "off" the ground for the entire ride - felt good to finally get the better of some of the "tricky" bits...

    ...on the way home - the last few kms and uphill, I did note some aches and pains from my last ride but all in all, I'm good...

    ...you'll note in the photograph that I'm donning the GCC Super Hero jersey - Spiderman which is due to your generosity...

    ...a final note for 2019 - thank you on behalf of all the children that are dealing with cancer. Your donations will enable the important work of the CMRI to continue and provides "hope"...

    ...see you all in 2020 - working on an idea...

    Update - 8
    Posted 47 days ago
  • 25.1 km ride - 10/15.1 - Sunday, 20 October 2019

    From Parklands MTB

    Logged this ride 47 days ago
  • Update - 7
    15 Oct 2019

    ...passed the 100km mark this morning at Tewantin MTB...

    ...great location to "have a crack at MTB" - lots of options and well sign posted and overall the area is in good condition...

    ...had good morning expect for the following 15 seconds -

    1. encountered another rider - going the WRONG way (did I mention the abundance of sign posts), on downhill corner at speed

    2. both parties reacted like "cats on a hot tin roof" - trying to avoid a head-on collision

    3. I summise that the other rider went off track and hit a tree whilst I was off track avoiding a big tree on the other side while desperately trying to get back on the track

    4. I managed to get back on the track and noted an upcoming "double bump" and was under brakes when unexpectedly, I was hit by either the tree that the other rider collected OR a large quantity of dead-fall - at this point ALL control/braking was lost

    5. I went over the first "hump" amidst the shower of branches and leaves etc - still moving and on the bike BUT

    6.I hit the second "bump" out of control and way to quick - I felt the bike and I separate due to the "bump" and gravity BUT I managed to get my R leg/foot jammed up under the chain/pedal and maintained contact with the bike (sort of - well we both hit the ground together)

    7. the landing was NASTY but I was still moving and still on the track - dumb luck because I sti wasn't in control

    8. miracolusy I didn't crash/fall off/stop however the end result was some very specific pain, lower back pain, 2 x spokes broken and a damaged/loose seat (yes that is what I landed on, very unceremoniously and HARD). Lol!

    Glad the rest of my ride wasn't as eventful just a lot of grunting, groaning and pedalling.

    My thanks to everyone for your continued support of me and the GCC.

    Further updates to come.

    Update - 7
    Posted 52 days ago
  • 18.3 km ride - .4_17.9 - Tuesday, 15 October 2019

    From Tewantin MTB

    Logged this ride 52 days ago
  • Update - 7
    12 Oct 2019

    ...oh, so close BUT there's always the next ride...

    ...amazing morning, especially after yesterday's thunderstorm - clear, crisp and quiet....

    ...tracks were in very good shape despite the obvious water that had been through the area - as predicted, a lot of mud BUT the multie creek crossings and puddles helped keep the bike clean. Lol!...

    ...after a couple of "warm up" tracks, I opted to ride around on some of the main circuits, to explore the area (in hindsight not the best idea) - the "uphills" were crazy (bursts of furious pedalling intetspersed with slipping, walking, pushing and I'm glad nobody took my blood pressure or heart rate) BUT the "downhills" were simply insane (lots and lots of braking, twisting and weaving around obstacles, grunting and groaning akin to a wild boar and an enlightened degree of "glutius maximus" flexibility to remain on the seat...

    ...definitely a lot of effort required but for an awesome cause...

    Update - 7
    Posted 54 days ago
  • 26.2 km ride - 10/16.2 - Sunday, 13 October 2019

    From Parklands MTB

    Logged this ride 54 days ago
  • Update - 6
    12 Oct 2019

    ...yes - have rain...

    Well the small amount of rain over the past couple of days, certainly increased the concentration factor this morning plus the "new" dimension of sliding/skidding. Lol!

    Stopping, (if able) needed to be well planned but the track added it's usual share of "unexpected rest breaks" - the majority of them were welcomed.

    The next ride will be very interesting, as a significant storm front has/is rolling up the coast - so I expect to get VERY wet and muddy on the next outing.

    Let's see....

    Posted 55 days ago
  • 21.4 km ride - 10/11.4 - Saturday, 12 October 2019

    From Parklands MTB

    Logged this ride 55 days ago
  • Update - 5
    10 Oct 2019

    Wow - simply wow!

    "Double up day" was simply INCREDIBLE!

    The generosity of the GCC supporters and major sponsors was awesome to "watch/track" - the end-result for the GCC family was a staggering 85% of matched funds. Wow!

    For me, my GCC funds have been pushed past the $5K mark - yep, $5K.

    Bike and rider repairs complete - lol!

    Back on track tomorrow - kms to "grind" out.

    Stay tuned!

    Posted 56 days ago
  • $5,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $5,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 56 days ago
  • $2,500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $2,500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 59 days ago
  • Update - 4
    8 Oct 2019

    Passed the halfway point at Ewan Maddock MTB area - nice circuit - rated "easy".

    Well when the 3M factor (me - MTB - momentum) are in play, then nothing is "easy".

    Hard work, fun and a hard crash - bike repairs underway coutersy of 99 Bikes, Kawana.

    Back on the bike - soon.

    Donations are still coming in - you are amazing people and your helping amazing children.

    Thanks!

    Posted 59 days ago
  • 27.1 km ride - .2/26.9 - Tuesday, 8 October 2019

    From Ewan Maddock MTB

    Logged this ride 59 days ago
  • Update - 3
    5 Oct 2019

    It's official - my GCC campaign is underway.

    Felt "left out" and frustrated when I couldn't start on 1st October with the rest of the GCC family - kudos to everyone making a difference and punching out kms.

    Although, my first outing was short, rest assured that on a MTB it was extremely challenging - lots of crashes, scenery and laughter (at myself).

    A fellow rider told me about some other areas for me to explore during the month.

    The photo is me standing in a "little" dip from today - for perspective I'm 6'4", there were bigger ones today.

    My thanks to everyone for your continued support.

    Cheers John

    Update - 3
    Posted 62 days ago
  • 23.8 km ride - 10/13.8 - Saturday, 5 October 2019

    From Parklands MTB

    Logged this ride 62 days ago
  • Update - 2
    13 Sep 2019

    Hello Everybody,

    A brief note, before Debbie and I head overseas to Timor for the 20th anniversary of INTERFET.

    Preparations are well underway. Some much needed maintenance planned for the bike at the end of the month.

    Participation in my "champion challenges" has been great - awareness is definitely on the increase (knowledge enables those suffering from and involved with childhood cancer, to take control of their situation...a delicate emotive balance between reality, hope and love.

    Your support has been and continues to astound and humble me and you have my heartfelt thanks for it.

    Talk soon!

    Posted 84 days ago
  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $1,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 84 days ago
  • Update - 1
    24 Aug 2019

    Well, as luck would have it I am on a fishing camp (Debbie does the fishing) at Tewantin, QLD this weekend.

    So I took the chance to check one of the areas that I'll be using in October - about 10kms from where we are staying.

    After a quick burst up the road, I found it and also a map revealing 12 tracks of varying degrees of experience. I noticed that the majority of them failed to go in a straight line and I could "feel" the hills in the map.

    So I studied the map and took a photo - yes, I did, in preparation for not getting lost and I opted for #7 (my lucky number).

    An amazing location and it will make me earn every "cm" of my 100km - the end result of my "test ride" was:

    a. 2 crashes - no major injuries, more like I just stopped and laid down sideways. Lol!

    b. 4 unexpected "sudden stops" courtesy of rocks, logs, tree roots and a big hole.

    c. 5 instances where the bike and I had different ideas on where we should be heading due loose rocks and several wheelstands (don't do them on flat ground, so halfway up a steep climb was very "invigorating". Lmao!

    It proved to be a hard ride but a lot of fun in the process. I did think that I could take some photos but decided that two hands on the handle-bar was the better option. Maybe next time.

    Thank you for your continued support on the GCC.

    Posted 104 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 106 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $250 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 115 days ago
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