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Clic24: An Endurance Cycle Event for CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent - Helping children and young people with cancer

CLIC Sargent Logo CLIC24 Endurance Event - 2009, Sports Therapy & Massage for Injured Riders
Following last year's sunshine event the 2009 Clic24 charity 24 hour endurance cycling marathon, in aid of CLIC Sargent, became a complete mudfest. But did anybody care? Not likely! The organisers, headed by Neil Wilkins, the Event Director, did a fantastic job of keeping spirits up and lap times down and everything ran as smoothly as the well oiled gear changes of some of these very expensive mountain bikes (except for a couple of power outages, but we won't go there!).

They're off at the start 12 noon
The start of the event
Neil Wilkins, the event director
Neil Wilkins, the event director
A very muddy rider, still smiling
A happy rider covered in mud

Inspiringly, the rain did hold off until exactly the moment the starting hooter sounded at 12 o'clock on Saturday, and then the heavens opened, for pretty much most of the weekend, including the pinging and drum roll of hailstones on faces and canvas, clearing up again just as everyone had packed their soggy tents and belongings into a huge convoy of cars, trailers and trucks, only to be greeted by a sunny drive home. Typical! But that's the British weather for you.

Now in it's eighth year and gaining in popularity every year, the CLIC24 event has raised over 275,000 for children's cancer and leukaemia charity CLIC Sargent. An absolutely fantastic achievement by everyone involved!

Out on the countryside course
Cycling along a country lane
Here comes the wind and rain
Canvas blowing in the wind
St Johns First Aid rider to the rescue
Ambulances can't get where she's going

The course is a highly-rated, 10 mile track and road course, over the Mendip Hills, and this year's event was held on the weekend of 16/17 May from the Charterhouse Centre near Blagdon in the Mendip Hills. 500 riders braved the elements and their own demons as they raced (sorry, IT'S NOT A RACE!), rode, over the tough terrain, encountering such obstacles as gullies, stoney paths, low lying branches, barbed wire, muddy puddles, slippery grass banks and the odd half asleep driver.

I was delighted to be able to get involved with this event over the last two years. Not as a rider, you understand, I don't think my stamina would extend to one lap, let alone the 21 laps completed by the top solo rider, Chris Cooknell, or the team lap champions : Bike City (Payne, Grundy, Williams, Taylor) who managed a whopping 31 laps. My area of expertise was proving beneficial in the sports massage tent, where I saw a wide variety of calf, ham, gluteal, and other muscle strains, cramps and injuries, including knee problems, lower back strain, neck pain and aching shoulders, ligament tears and just plain old fatigue.

The calm before the storm
Waiting for the start
Phil with injured rider
Phil helping a rider with cramp
Cramp in the calves is common
Massaging the calves and hams

This is where I usually put the website, but unfortunately you can't get involved anymore as sadly the event has been cancelled for the forseeable future and the website has disappeared. However, the web address for CLIC Sargent is:

Sports Therapy, Sports Massage Event Cover: Event organizers, if you are organizing a major sporting event and need cover for sports massage or sports injuries, please email.

I have an established private practice and treatment room at The Haven Healing Centre, in Cheddar. The 'energies' here are good, and the views are spectacular, looking out over Cheddar hills and the surrounding village. This means that sportsmen and women can avail themselves of the help they need, at a time to suit them, and at a facility within a superb location and setting.

Specialized areas of treatment include; spinal and postural problems, static lymph and oedema problems, muscle imbalance problems, joint mobilisation and neuro-muscular therapy, trigger point therapy, pain therapy, counselling and sports injury.

Sports men and women of all abilities, and with even the most professional approach, get injured sometimes. It matters not whether they are professionals, amateurs or just a parent spending time with their children. If you sustain a sporting injury, stop! Don't wait for it to get worse. Get treatment NOW!

If you live anywhere near Bath, Bristol, Radstock, Shepton Mallet or Weston-Super-Mare, you are well within a 2-40 minute drive of The Haven Healing Centre, and I'd be delighted to see you. See the list of nearby towns and villages below.

Please call Phil on 01934 740275 to make your appointment or to talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs.

TRAINING FOR A LONG WALK, RUN OR CHARITY EVENT? If you are doing any kind of charity event, run, or long walk, you need to train beforehand and gradually build up your stamina and endurance. This ensures you will perform on the day and succeed, without sustaining an overuse or strain injury. I regularly work with people participating in fun runs, the MoonWalk, other charity events, sportsmen and women of all interests including tennis, golfers, trampolining, athletics and marathon runners. If you are training for any kind of sporting activity, then I invite you to visit The Haven Healing Centre in Cheddar for assistance with sports massage and/or sports related injury. Click here for appointments and contact details. I look forward to welcoming you soon where we can talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs. Phil.

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All These Areas Are Within Easy Reach of The Haven Healing Centre, Cheddar, Somerset
Abbots Leigh - Ashwick - Avonmouth - Axbridge - Babington - Backwell - Badgworth - Bagley - Banwell - Barrow Gurney - Bason Bridge - Bath - Beckington - Berrow - Biddisham - Bishop Sutton - Bitton - Blackford - Blagdon - Bleadon - Bleadney - Bradford-on-Avon - Brean - Brent Knoll - Bristol - Burnham-on-Sea - Burrington - Butcombe - Cameley - Catcott - Chantry - Chapel Allerton - Cheddar - Chelwood - Chew Magna - Chew Stoke - Chilcompton - Churchill - Clapton - Claverham - Claverton - Cleeve - Clevedon - Clutton - Cocklake - Coleford - Compton Bishop - Compton Dando - Compton Martin - Congresbury - Coxley - Cranmore - Cross - Downhead - Draycott - Dundry - Dunkerton - East Brent - East Harptree - East Huntspill - Easton-in-Gordano - Edithmead - Emborough - Englishcombe - Evercreech - Failand - Farmborough - Farrington Gurney - Felton - Flax Bourton - Freshford - Frome - Glastonbury - Godney - Green Ore - Gurney Slade - Highbridge - Highbury - High Littleton - Hinton Blewett - Hutton - Inglesbatch - Kelston - Kenn - Kewstoke - Keynsham - Kilmersdon - Kingston Seymour - Langford - Litton - Locking - Long Ashton - Lower Weare - Loxton - Lympsham - Mark - Marksbury - Mells - Midsomer Norton - Monkton Combe - Nailsea - Nempnett Thrubwell - Nettlebridge - Newbury - Oldmixon - Paulton - Peasedown - Pensford - Pilton - Portishead - Prestleigh - Priddy - Priston - Pucklechurch - Pudlow - Puxton - Queen Charlton - Radstock - Redhill - Rickford - Ridgehill - Rodney Stoke - Rooks Bridge - Rowberrow - Saltford - Sandford - Shapwick - Shepton Mallet - Shipham - Sidcot - Somerton - Stanton Drew - Star - Staverton - St Georges - Stoke St Michael - Ston Easton - Stone Bridge - Stowey - Street - Temple Cloud - Tickenham - Timsbury - Trowbridge - Ubley - Weare - Wedmore - Wellow - Wells - West Harptree - West Horrington - Weston-Super-Mare - West Pennard - Whatley - Whitchurch - Winford - Winscombe - Wookey - Wraxall - Wrington - Yatton
If you are running a charity event and need help, please call: 01934 740275

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