The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a world wide event supporting a range of charitable organisations that work to address men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.
From it’s humble beginnings in Sydney in 2012 , it has grown into a global phenomenon with tens of thousands of riders participating in 121 countries, over 650 cities worldwide.
To date it has raised £31,000,000
This years event is on Sunday 21st May and our local event leaves Guildford High Street at 10am
To sign up for the Guildford ride, or simply donate click here – Guildford Surrey Hills Ride
Why is the Olive Tree involved?
In 2021 The Olive Tree was proud to step in at the last minute to host the start and finish of the Guildford, Surrey Hills ride. It turned out to be a huge year being 3rd largest in Britain and 18th World Wide raising an incredible £27,455
In 2022, despite the ride returning to it’s rightful starting place on the Historic Guildford High Street, my heart had been captured by this incredible organisation and I continued to offer what support I could to the Ride Director, now a personal friend and “extremely” regular to the pub, affectionately referred to as Campaign HQ!
With a few more locals at the Olive Tree getting involved, planning starting a little earlier and plenty of hydration available this year is already record breaking!
To paraphrase a famous movie line “we are gonna to need a bigger high street”
More on the ride and why I / we are involved.
Having been involved for 3 years now, it is very apparent that the charity is not just about raising money. £31,000,000 in 10 years is an incredible achievement but it’s also about raising awareness and starting conversations about men’s health. Something us men are very bad at, maybe it’s the hunter gatherer instinct that prevents us from admitting we are not immortal.
By creating a sense of community and camaraderie among those involved, be them participants who share a passion for motorcycling, or people like myself, it provides a safe and open forum for conversations to be entered into. Even in my humble pub in sleepy Sutton Green, it enables me to engage in such conversations, even with complete strangers who are visiting for the first time and continues to demonstrate just how close to home these issues really are!
The 2023 rides are on Sunday 21st May Worldwide, ours again leaves Guildford High Street at 10am, finishing at Hogs Back Brewery around 12:15. Let’s set a new Surrey Hills fundraising record, oh no wait, we already have!!!!!
What are The Olive Tree doing this year and how can you get involved?
Golf Day – Friday 19th May – Sadly cancelled due to insufficient teams. Hopefully next year.
Quiz – Monday 15th May – A fabulously successful & fun night.
Raffle – Tickets available from The Olive Tree, Sutton Green Dog and Pheasant in Brook and Hogs Back Brewery Shop. The draw will be 1pm at the Brewery, come and see the bikes and buy some raffle tickets.
Raffle and Auction items (update at time of typing, but growing every day)
Fortum and Masons Coronation Hamper – Donated by the boys at Lord Wandsworth College
Package goodies from Yamaha
£100 Voucher for The Olive Tree Pub | £100 Voucher for the Dog & Pheasant Pub
Distillery tour for 4 from Silent Pool Gin
Case of 6 bottles of wine from Majestic Guildford
2 tickets to British Super Bikes
2 tickets to any Chelsea Home game (regular season)
4-ball at the Belfry
Woking Yamaha £50 voucher
Goodie bag from Bremont watches
Voucher for 8 people for a nature Therapy walk at Newlands Corner
4-ball Bletchley Park
Moet & Chandon
3 vouchers from Mavericks Hairdressers in Guildford
Off the Curb trail riding voucher
Clothing from Moffats Outdoor – Surf – Lifestyle
Enquiries on the Guildford, Surrey Hills Ride to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior year videos to remind you just how wonderful it is.
See https://www.gentlemansride.com for more details or to sign up to ride.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s ride is part of the Movember Foundation
a charity registered in England and Wales number 1137948
For more information please contact Movember on 0207 952 2060