Meet the Cycling Samaritans and Sam, their van

We are a team of cyclists planning to ride from London to York in aid of Samaritans. We’re raising funds to support the charity’s vital work.

We had planned to ride in 2020 but we’ve been forced to postpone until May 2022 because of Coronavirus. At last we’re to leave Greenwich on Saturday 21st May! 

We all love what we do as Samaritan volunteers. Now we’ve faced the additional challenge of getting fit for a 350 mile ride over 6 days.

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Steve Johnson

Supporting the Samaritans Central Charity

(Ride Co-ordinator)

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In 2019, Steve cycled solo and ‘unsupported’ from Sussex to Shetland meeting some wonderful, friendly and generous colleague Samaritans en-route. Some even joined Steve for parts of the ride. As co-ordinator of the London – York Heritage Ride, Steve will be driving the support van on the journey to York.



Annie Marshall

Yeovil Samaritans

Annie is a veteran of the Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride. She’ll have lots of valuable advice to give to the rest of the team. Like the rest of us though, Annie’s taking nothing for granted. Annie’s already been interviewed on local radio and given vivid descriptions of the thrills and spills of distance cycling as well as some very compelling reasons for being a Samaritans volunteer.

Annie is raising money for Yeovil Samaritans.

Brian Rouse

Stoke on Trent Samaritans

Recently Brian completed the Hebribean Way cycle route. He regularly commutes to work by bike and completed almost 4,000 cycle-miles in 2019. Brian’s focus for 2022 is the Samaritans’ Heritage Ride to York.

Brian is raising money for Stoke Samaritans.


Charles Jepson

Blackburn Samaritans

Charles is the most experienced member of our team. He’s planning to ride all the way home over the Pennines once we reach our York destination.

Charles is raising money for Blackburn branch.

David Bruce

Cambridge Samaritans

David is a late starter to cycling but now enjoys annual trips which have been predominately in Scotland. These include Mull of Kintyre to Cape Wrath via the Outer Hebrides; and more recently Shetland & the Orkneys.  He has also cycled from Land’s End to John o’ Groats following an unconventional route, and which was spread over 3 annual legs, each approximately 450 miles.    

David will be joining the ride for the Newmarket to Kings Lynn stage and is raising money for Cambridge branch.

David Bruce - Inverness - Highland Cattle

David faces an interesting dilemma in the Scottish Highlands.

Keith Middleton

Colchester Samaritans

Keith has the least far to travel to the start but he’ll then be turning round to cycle all the way back to Colchester. It’s the first stop on our 6-day journey! Keith will be driving to Greenwich in the Colchester Samaritan’s van which will be the ride’s support vehicle. Keith describes himself as an occasional commuter and leisure rider.

Keith is raising funds for Colchester branch.


Piers Armstrong

Winchester Samaritans

Piers has been a Samaritans Listening Volunteer for seven years and took up cycling again on his 70th birthday with the aim of keeping reasonably healthy, and has been cycling with Winchester branch of Cycling UK for two years.  The London-York route will be his first journey of significant distance but he’s determined to be well prepared.

Piers is raising funds for Winchester Samaritans

Caitlin O’Kelly

North London Samaritans

Caitlin is a commuter and leisure cyclist, who will be going up a gear for her first long distance ride (and following a year of significantly less commuting…). Generally more of a running enthusiast, she will also be aiming to run the virtual edition of the London Marathon for Samaritans three weeks later.

Lindsay Rumsey

Chesterfield Samaritans

Lindsay is also joining the ride for one of its most inspiring stages – Lincoln to Hull. The Lincolnshire Wolds are definitely one of cyclings ‘best kept secrets’! Lindsay will be spending the spring getting fit for the ride and may even turn up on a new road bike! “I am getting back on my bike after a long break due to spinal surgery and this ride is the motivation I need!”

Lindsay is raising funds for Chesterfield Samaritans.

Richard James

Kings Lynn Samaritans  

Richard has completed several team and relay rides from Northern Scotland to the English South Coast. He will join us on 23rd May for the Newmarket to Kings Lynn leg.

Richard is raising money for the Samaritan’s Kings Lynn branch.

David Moyles

York Samaritans

David Moyles York

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The York Samaritans riding from Hull to York in 2021

David will be riding the final stage from Hull to York with up to ten colleagues from York Samaritans.  York’s riders boast a range of experience from a Land’s End to John o’ Groats survivor to new riders who started cyling or who came back to it during the Covid 19 lockdown and including a pair riding tandem. The York Branch looks forward to welcoming everyone to this historic northern city at the ‘finish line’ near the magnificent York Minster. 

Josh Silver

Harrow Samaritans

Josh Silver

Josh is the ride’s latest recruit and will be cycling the entire 360 miles from London to York in aid of Harrow Samaritans.

Josh says about the Samaritaans – “The pandemic has reminded us all that there are so many people struggling with all sorts of issues and the need for emotional support and someone to listen confidentially without judgement is greater than ever”.

and …. Sam, our van

We would be lost without her.

Thanks to Colchester Samaritans for letting her go on a week-long adventure with us. Steve Johnson, ride-coordinator, will be driving the support van north to York .

We would be lost without her.

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