Meet the Cycling Samaritans and Sam, their van

We are a small 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 now postponed until September 2021 because of Coronavirus. We’re hoping that other cyclists will join our team for 2021. Everyone is welcome to join the ride. Help raise much-needed funds for the Samaritans Central Charity or a local branch.

We all love what we do as Samaritan volunteers or supporters. We now face the challenge of getting fit for a 350 mile ride over 6 days.

Join our team, follow the ride and give what you can afford. Help support Samaritans’ vital 24/7 service for people whose lives are in crisis or simply need to be listened to.

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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 and then riding back to London.

Sally Kane

Samaritans of the Western Isles

Sally is an experienced road and commuting cyclist who is developing an enthusiasm for cycle touring. In common with other members of our team, Sally will be riding a steel bike all the way to York. Sally is one of three riders from the Western Isles branch in Stornoway.

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.

Brian Rouse

Stoke on Trent Samaritans

Brian completed the Hebribean Way cycle route last summer. He regularly commutes to work by bike and completed almost 4,000 cycle-miles in 2019. Brian’s focus for 2020 is the Samaritans’ Heritage Ride to York.


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.

Angus Macleod

Samaritans of the Western Isles

Angus is one of three team members who volunteers as a Samaritan at the Stornoway branch in Scotland. He’ll be riding a ‘gravel bike’ and so should make short work of the River Lea towpath that we’ll be following out of London. Angus describes himself as a ‘lapsed cyclist’. Nothing like a 350 mile bike ride for a dramatic change of status, Angus!





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.



Alasdair MacLean

Samaritans of the Western Isles

Alasdair completes our trio of riders from north-western Scotland. He’s the youngest rider in the team so far, has a carbon road bike and started serious training at the beginning of January. So, he’ll always be the first to arrive at the coffee stop. You’ll need deep pockets Ali!

Alasdair is raising funds for Stornoway branch

David Ayres

Chesterfield Samaritans

David is joining the ride for the 60 miles from Lincoln to Hull on his electrically-assisted bike …… perfect for the tricky uphiil stretches on the Lincolnshire Wolds. We’ll all be wanting a turn! Keep an eye on your bike David.

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!”

David Bruce

Cambridge Samaritans

David will be joining us on 18th May for Stage 3 …. the ride across the Fens to beautiful, historic Kings Lynn. 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. 

David 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 Moyles and the York Samaritans Team

David will join the ride with 10 York Samaritans for the final stage from Hull to York on 13 May 2021. York’s riders boast a range of experience from a Land’s End to John o’ Groats survivor to new riders enthused by Covid 19 lockdown and including a pair riding tandem. The York Branch looks forward to welcoming the Samaritans Heritage Ride to their historic city and they’re planning a special reception near York’s magnificent Cathedral, the York Minster.

David and his team will be raising funds for York Samaritans.

David Moyles York 

David will be joining the ride with 10 colleagues from York Samaritans.


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 and earning his sponsorship by riding back from York to London.

Want to join us?

Just call or text 07790 632 698 OR email