Mark Carrington

Mark Carrington
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 661.9 km My goal is 1,000 km
My Rankings
  • National: 91st
  • State: 36th in NSW
I've raised $3,332.83 My goal is $5,000 Donate Now

My Story

28 Mar 2018

This October is the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!

Every time I do a big ride I do it for the kids. this year I am cycling from Gold Coast to Sydney after the Commonwealth Games - starting April 15. So I will be starting a little early for this year's challenge.

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.

My Challenge

  • 11.5 km ride - Lunch Ride - Thursday, December 6, 2018
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    Logged this ride 8 days ago
  • 10.9 km ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, December 6, 2018
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    Logged this ride 8 days ago
  • 18.9 km ride - Lunch Ride - Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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    Logged this ride 17 days ago
  • Pocket Rocket Soon Back On The Road
    22 Nov 2018

    It took a lot longer than I had hoped but a new fork did arrive from USA for the bike damaged in my accident on day 3. The Super Hero jersey has sort of been waiting for its arrival. Thanks to all my supporters for gifting me one of those.

    Truth is I have not been too motivated to ride - two accidents within a month has me working on my other interests a little harder. I did find more orchids and I will be riding before month end. And I did start a whole new business activity. Excuses really.

    Pocket Rocket Soon Back On The Road
    Posted 22 days ago
  • 58.4 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, November 3, 2018
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    Logged this ride 41 days ago
  • 4.5 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Friday, November 2, 2018
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    Logged this ride 42 days ago
  • 36.7 km ride - Lunch Ride - Friday, November 2, 2018
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    Logged this ride 42 days ago
  • 16.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, November 2, 2018
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    Logged this ride 42 days ago
  • 29.5 km ride - Lunch Ride - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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    Logged this ride 45 days ago
  • Hunter Valley Meanderings
    30 Oct 2018

    I was looking to make a 70 km ride on Saturday in Hunter Valley. All was going well until i felt a bump, bump on the back wheel - 22 kms from home. I checked to find a bump where the tyre was delaminating. I was not really equipped to put in a boot (though i could have used a bank note - I thought about that later). I decided to nurse the bike home. That worked for 14 kms but the tyre blew on the last downhill section.

    These things happen for a reason. I decided to push to the nearest village pub and found this orchid on the roadside in Werakata State Conservation Area. I had been walking in the area two weeks earlier and not spotted them.

    Hunter Valley Meanderings
    Posted 45 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 45 days ago
  • 1.7 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Saturday, October 27, 2018
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    Logged this ride 48 days ago
  • 58.5 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, October 27, 2018
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    Logged this ride 48 days ago
  • Week 4 Orchids
    26 Oct 2018

    I did find orchids on my ride in the week. Same variety of donkey orchid found in two different locations some 25 kms apart, in Muogamarra Nature reserve (well on the fenceline next to the road) and the others in Ku-ring Gai Chase NP, also next to the road, no bush walking needed.

    Will be looking in a different region this weekend.

    Week 4 Orchids
    Posted 49 days ago
  • 4.9 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Thursday, October 25, 2018
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    Logged this ride 50 days ago
  • 51.4 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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    Logged this ride 53 days ago
  • 44.0 km ride - Morning Ride - Friday, October 19, 2018
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    Logged this ride 56 days ago
  • 19.0 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Thursday, October 18, 2018
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    Logged this ride 57 days ago
  • 41.2 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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    Logged this ride 59 days ago
  • 19.0 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Monday, October 15, 2018
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    Logged this ride 60 days ago
  • 46.1 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, October 13, 2018
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    Logged this ride 62 days ago
  • 25.0 km ride - Trainer rain ride - enough already - Friday, 12 October 2018

    From Home to Home

    Logged this ride 63 days ago
  • Plan B brings a Donkey Orchid
    11 Oct 2018

    Plan B had me drive up the Hunter valley to get my spare bike. I decided to make a day of it to get value for the 250 kms round trip.

    Nothing better than to drive down to Mangrove Creek Dam and explore the restricted area of the catchment area by bicycle and on foot. I checked with my orchid spotting buddy, Jan, for likely locations to confirm the idea. I parked up in the dam picnic area and cycled back to the main road to scout out likely spots. A council truck stopped - you will find donkey orchids after the T-junction along the restricted area fence line. I did my 15 kms out ride and then cycled back and stopped to walk a few locations.

    I did find sun orchids but none in flower - some just finished and some not quite ready. They are growing right in the mown area next to the fenceline - i.e., not in the bush. Good clue. I kept tracking back toward the T-junction and parked up the bike against an electricity pole for one last try and there in the gravelly road reserve was this little fellow.

    I did check a few more likely spots just before the T-junction. More sun orchids not in flower yet and a surprise on the other side of the road. More about that later.

    Plan B brings a Donkey Orchid
    Posted 64 days ago
  • 25.0 km ride - Trainer rain ride - Wednesday, 10 October 2018

    From Home to Home

    Logged this ride 65 days ago
  • 29.1 km ride - Lunch Ride - Tuesday, October 9, 2018
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    Logged this ride 66 days ago
  • 25.0 km ride - Trainer recovery ride - Sunday, 7 October 2018

    From Home to Home

    Logged this ride 68 days ago
  • Destiny Changes The Plans
    7 Oct 2018

    I promised to find orchids. Because I found the orchid in the image where I did, I was in a different place at a different time. Just the wrong place to be when a van driver decided to cut into the car that had just passed me after a patient wait. I saw the rapidly applied brake lights and had nowhere to go. 36 km/h to zero in a fork wrenching crunch

    I am OK. The bike can be repaired. Plan B requires use of the trainer to fill in. First trainer ride today. For each hour on the trainer i will log 25 kms - it is like training on a flat road.

    Destiny Changes The Plans
    Posted 68 days ago
  • 1.8 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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    Logged this ride 72 days ago
  • 24.5 km ride - Lunch Ride - Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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    Logged this ride 72 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 72 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 73 days ago
  • 27.3 km ride - Lunch Ride - Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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    Logged this ride 73 days ago
  • 31.8 km ride - Lunch Ride - Monday, October 1, 2018
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    Logged this ride 74 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

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

    Posted 79 days ago
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