The unity cycle ride for Jerome

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When your child is born, as a parent you have hopes and dreams for their future, but of all the experiences you expect during their lifetime, burying your child is never one of the things you ever expect you will have to do especially through suicide.

What is even more painful is when your child decides to take their own life. They leave behind a world of regret, sadness, anguish, unanswered questions and in some cases guilt. It’s been said that time heals all wounds. Maybe this is a wound that can never been healed. Managed, lived with and adjusted to but never healed.

Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35. In a recent Samaritans report, (Samaritans Statistics report 2018), men are three times as likely to die by suicide than women. It is a tragedy that devastates families, friends, and communities.

A tall, handsome, bright and talented young man, with his life before him, Jerome Williams committed suicide on the 1st August 2019. He was 24. He was in the prime of his life with everything to live for.

He left behind a dad who will struggle with picking up the fragments of hearing the devastating news for the rest of his life. A young sister, Mehalah, 15 years old, many extended family members and close friends who have fond memories of him. His absence has left a searing hole which will impact their lives for many years to come.

As a consequence of Jerome’s passing, his family and friends have decided to launch a fundraising event in honour of Jerome, to raise awareness of the impact of suicide and of which the proceeds will go towards YoungMinds, who are engaged in the prevention and support of anyone associated with suicide.

After the first step of remembrance will be a cycle ride to Clacton on sea on October 2nd 2020. The goal is to raise £10,000. We are appealing to everyone including family, friends, that are impacted or associated with suicide to sponsor this ride either through riding the event or sponsoring someone who is. If you want further information, please contact Glenn or Sarah Mountney or Chapeau Events who are managing this on behalf of the Williams family.

There are many things during our lifetime that can cause pain but one of the most painful must be seeing someone live with pain losing your child or seeing a young person take their own life.

They leave behind a world of regret, sadness, anguish, unanswered questions and maybe in some cases guilt. If the money raised helps at least one young person to TALK and BE HEARD, Jerome’s memory will live on.

Down hall hotel Hatfield Heath to Clacton on sea and return the next day October 2nd/3rd 2020

Cycle approx 150 miles over 2 days from Hatfield Heath to Clacton on sea and return the next day on a completely different route. Finishing with a celebration meal.

Date of Event
2nd October 2020

2 Days

Difficulty Rating
Relatively Easy / Moderate

Registration Fee
£100*non refundable

Min. Sponsorship

* The total cost per person of the event is £460.00 and a percentage of this amount will go to young minds.
So our target is for everyone to raise as much money as possible
Paid in full by Aug 28th 2020


Day 1 – Down hall hotel Hatfield Heath to Clacton on sea

Head out eastwards towards Clacton …. having many stops and lunch in the most beautiful village in England Finchingfield then out towards some more lovely villages including weathersfield……. final destination.
And enjoy an evening meal and maybe a little tipple before bedding down for the night in our hotel.

Day 2

We rise early to indulge in a hearty breakfast before setting off on our return journey. Looking forward to some more beauty that Essex and Suffolk have to offer.
Again this trip wouldn’t be complete without some great food and conversation along the route.

Chapeau Events reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.

What’s Included?
  • Accommodation one night in Clacton single accommodation supplement £50.00
  • Complete transport of luggage between hotels during the ride
  • Full trip support including mechanics, first aid, drivers and full route support
  • GPS navigation routes files with Chapeau Outriders
  • Detailed itinerary and Points of Interest cards, issued during the event
  • Water stops
  • Celebration meal at the end of the trip
What’s Excluded?
  • Personal transport to route start at Down hall hotel Hatfield Heath.
  • A bicycle
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Drinks, personal items or entry to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit
  • We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency
What can I expect from your accommodation?

Accommodation is a 3/4* hotel for one night in Clacton on sea

What food is included and does it cater for all diets?
We will stopping for lunch on both days at pubs/restaurants along the route to cater for all diets. There will also be 2 ‘water stops’ on the ride, which include water and high energy drinks and snacks.
What’s unique about Chapeau…why should I choose you?

Our events are tailored to you…our team have physically driven and assessed every mile of the route to ensure the safest and best possible route for your challenge, so rest assured you are in the safest hands. All our routes are specifically tailored with you in mind.

How fit do I need to be?

Chapeau events attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. You will be in the saddle for upward of 65 miles a day for 2 consecutive days, so you should ensure, as a minimum that you are comfortable riding a 50 mile day and have achieved this regularly before you leave for the trip. Whilst the profile for this event is mainly flat on ride day two, ride day one will be undulating terrain, so you should include some easy hilly rides in your training. Chapeau has rated this event 2/8 difficulty – Relatively Easy – slightly longer descents/ascents with occasional steeper spurts. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace; this is not a race. For further information regarding how we rate our challenges click here

Who will be there to support me during the event?

Your trip will be led by experienced Chapeau Events crew. Our crew are selected for their experience in cycling events around the world, their friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. Our crew leaders are also trained in expedition first-aid. You are in very safe hands with the Chapeau Events crew.

The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but the team will be looking after every aspect of your trip whether that’s transporting your luggage, ensuring your route is well-marked, sorting out any mechanical problems or giving you a lift in our back vehicle – our “Love bus”. At Chapeau Events we pride ourselves on our high crew: cyclist ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

Will I be safe?

Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with emergency mobile phones, first-aid kits and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.

What happens to my luggage each day?

Our support vehicles are with the group all of the time. All luggage and spares will be carried in them as we travel to each destination. On reaching our hotels, at the end of each day, you will hand over your bike for safe overnight keeping and collect your luggage. Each morning, you will hand over your luggage and collect your bike. Obviously space is limited so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, cabin case, rucksack or expedition kitbag of no more than 15kgs.

Will I receive further information?

Yes…a full detailed information pack will be issued following registration and before you set off for your event. In addition, pre-event support is always available, simply email us at with your questions.


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Cost is £460 and a percentage will go direct to the charity young minds our target is for each person to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic cause


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