Wagging Tails Director completes Hearing Dogs 100 Mile Sportive

Jim Suswain with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People having completed the 100 mile sportive
Monday, July 10, 2017

Wagging Tails are proud to confirm that, in spite of a couple of wrong turns and over 7hrs in the saddle, Director Jim Suswain completed the 100 mile Hearing Dogs Sportive on Sunday 9th July 2017. 

Over 200 riders took part in the event which raised over £5,000 for the charity. The sportive was supported by Olympic and World Champion Elinor Barker who rode the 80 mile route as part of her official training programme, and it was great to see Elinor take her first ever win on the road just a week later at Stage 2a of the BeNe Ladies Tour in the Netherlands! 

Speaking about her involvement with the event and the charity Elinor commented, 

Wagging Tails Director Jim Suswain with Olympic and World Champion Elinor Barker before the Hearing Dogs 2017 Sportive

"I'm so proud to be supporting this challenging but inspiring ride to help raise funds to train more hearing dogs. It's wonderful to see cycling bringing together so many people to enjoy such a great experience for such a great cause. The scenery on the ride was stunning and the atmosphere amongst the riders was wonderful. It was a tough ride with some challenging hills climbing over 1,300m of ascent along the route! I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who took part and made the event so enjoyable."

Jim added, 

"It was a fantastic event and a beautiful ride. It was great to catch up with so many of the wonderful people at Hearing Dogs and for me, as a cycling fan, a huge honour to meet Elinor Barker, one of Britain's cycling superstars. Legs permitting I'll definitely be back next year!" 

Wagging Tails have been proud supporters of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People since January 2014 and have raised over £10,000 for the charity. On September 9th 2017 Wagging Tails Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Branches will be holding Take the Plunge 2 - a spectacular charity day in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People involving volunteer "casualties" being rescued from a lake by specially trained Newfoundlands. To find out more about how you can get involved please visit our Take the Plunge 2 webpage