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Sunday 21st May 2023

Just getting ready to leave for the ride. I checked the funding page and a HUGE thank you to all that donated. 

The target has been reached and that makes me very happy. To Fiona and Hannah, I shall stop en route and raise a glass to Al, though as there is zero drink driving limit here it shall most likely be a coffee or something like that. I hope that what we have achieved in his memory will help others down the line.

That's it. I am off to get dressed like a waiter, totally inappropriate for riding a motorcycle but it appears that is what is expected. Thank goodness it is forecast to be 26 Centigrade and sunny today.

Thanks again to you all

Eduucashun, Eduakation, Iducatshun, Education

Thursday 18th May 2023

Prostate Cancer can be a sneaky little devil, as often it develops without showing symptoms. Indeed a lot of male urinary problems are associated with prostate enlargement which is not the same thing. The bottom line is that all men need to be aware of the symptoms, get checked and be vigilent.

Age is a factor as apparently we all get older, though I of course have remained twenty five for the past three and a half decades. It is rare to find the diease in the under forty age group, though not undeard of, over fifty and beyond the risk increases. Ethnically, culturally etc I believe there may be some data that shows certain groups could have a slight increased pre-disposition to the disease, it is generally something that can strike any man and so we all need to be vigilient.

Prostate cancer is, I believe, one of the few if not only, kind of cancer that can be detected through blood tests alone. That said there are strains of it that can present a normal PSA blood test reading and only be detected with physical exam of the prostate itself. Again we all need to be vigilent.

If detected early then the survivalrates for the disease are very high, though of course not guaranteed. In many cases once detected no intervention may be needed but rather a course of scheduled and detailed observation monitoring the cancer development is utilised. The key here is again to actually to be tested and the disease detected in the first place.

There is a wealth of information out there about Prostate Cancer and whilst it is not a fun read, most of the time, any kind of information spreading is invaluable. There are lighter hearted times the topic has been covered, along with prostate health in general. The Kominsky Method, available on Netflix, is one that I can recommend. A really funny show dealing with some great chracters. Danny DeVitos scene where he discusses the side effects of one prostate drug particularly sticks in my mind but I shall not divulge the contents here, as kids may be reading. The show is not about cancer, it is just a part of the story line but if it helps raises awareness then great.

So the message I am trying to briefly put across is that educating ourselves and the men in our lives is so, so important. We all know men, some of us even are, hence why it is valuable to spread the word.

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride is about raising awareness and getting the message out there. Of course I shall be delighted if people will donate financuially too, as the reasearch that constantly goes on to fight the disease costs money and for some reason there never seems to be enough of it to go round.

Thanks for reading this far, and if you would like to donate a penny or two then it would be most greatfully received.

It Needs To Be More Than A Fancy Dress Ride Out - For All Of The Al's Out There

Thursday 4th May 2023

This will be my fourth DGR, having missed the last one and COVID, of course, curtailed other events previously. The reason I did not deliberately ride was because I was disillusioned a little with the whole thing. Don't get me wrong the events were always great, and a good time had by all but I got saddened looking through the fund raising efforts of so many cities around the world, and seeing that what this had become, for many, was clearly just a motorcycling event, and nothing else. There were huge numbers of people who simply had not raised a single penny, cent, Korun or whatever currency is applicable.

There is a very serious side to the DGR and that is to raise awareness and fund raise for the fight against Prostate Cancer as well as Men's Mental Health issues. I feel it is important that if every single rider sponsored even just themself for a couple of Euros/Dollars/Pounds ..... then it would make a massive impact. The bottom line is that a huge percentage are not doing even that.

I hate asking friends, family and aquantainces for money as it is never easy and there are so many good causes out there. There was never any pressure from my side, or judgement, on those who gave or did not but I did not like doing it. A little discomfort is a small price to pay, however.

It just got to me that year, and was feeling a bit fed up that I had always tried to get some money while a lot of people at the event never gave the cause a second thought, so I could not bring myself to do it. On reflection, however, that was pretty judgemental of me and it did not help anyone. It is better to be there and help a little, than sulk in the corner.

In the few years since I did last ride, I have lost a couple of friends to cancer and most recently the husband of an old school friend. I never knew this last gentleman personally but his wife, Fiona, is someone who I am in touch with over the years, via Facebook, and I got to see him in the events that she shared with us there. He looked like a wonderful guy, husband and father to their daughter Hannah. His name was Alastair Soutar (Al) and he tragically passed on the 24th of May 2022, I am riding this year's DGR in his memory.

So for all those like Al who was fighting this disease and all those in the future who shall do so, I wish that all participants in the DGR shall enjoy the day of dressing up, riding some interesting old bike but also put their hand into their pockets, as well as giving others the chance to do so too, and contribute. 

I'm Riding for Men's Health in The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

Thursday 30th Mar 2023 On Sunday the 21st of May 2023, I'm riding in The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride with fellow men and women across the globe to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer and men's mental health on behalf of Movember. Men die on average 6 years earlier than women and for largely preventable reasons. The number of men that are suffering is growing, and we need to do something about that. So, before I press my tweed and polish my boots, I'm asking you to join me in raising funds and awareness for these causes by donating what you can for this meaningful cause and to help the men we love, live happier and healthier lives.

My Sponsors


Me, Myself, I

$172 USD
Eddy

To reach the goal for Al.

$169 USD
Fi Soutar

Good luck and thank you for supporting and raising awareness of a cause so close to my heart

$88 USD
Anne Fraser

Go for ot Stevie! Good cause - so enjoy the day

$68 USD
Ian Edwards

Proud of you once again.

$68 USD
Eva

XXX

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Metrology Consultants

Good cause

$68 USD
Claudia Blažeková

$68 USD
Denis Zayia

$56 USD
Baz Burns

Good luck Stephen, happy to support a cause that is so personal to both Jan and I.

$54 USD
Mum

$45 USD
David Armstrong

Well done Stephen.

$23 USD
Hannah M

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$23 USD
Vladimír Stránský

$23 USD
Mark Lauder

Good luck, well done :-)

$23 USD
Carolyn Murray

Well done doing this Stephen. A great cause too.

$23 USD
Lesley Edgar

A worthy cause Stephen! Good Luck!

$23 USD
Filip&Romana Tichy

$23 USD
Susan Black

Glad you decided to do it again. Enjoy the ride x

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Maureen

Just saw this, great challenge. good luck!

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Nicky & Dave Baker

Good on you, Eddy!

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