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    Red Bike
    Blue Bike
    Karl and Simon's
    Cycle to Work Tour
    Ride to Works
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    Saddle Sore Tour Map
    20 days in the saddle
    1400 miles
    Visiting 13 Tesco Distribution Centres
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    Tesco Charities
    Raising money for
    Diabetes Uk and British Heart Foundation
    Tesco charites of choice



The Mission

Karl and Simon plan to complete a 1400 cycle tour in June 2015

  • To visit every DC delivered to by Daventry Grocery on a daily basis
  • To promote Tesco's involvement in the Cycle To Work scheme and highlight the benefits to the environment
  • To maximise the opportunity to raise funds for the Tesco charities for the next 3 years, Diabetes UK and British Heart Foundation
  • To promote Tesco's commitment to becoming a carbon neutral company by 2050

Tesco Big Cycle Tour Charity

Tesco Big Cycle Tour Charity

The Power Of Three

  • Diabetes UK is the leading UK diabetes charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns alongside people with or at risk of diabetes.

  • The BHF is the UK’s number one heart charity, leading the fight against cardiovascular disease through research, information and support.

  • Here at Tesco we are committed to using our scale for good and making healthy choices the easy choice for our customers and colleagues in the UK.

The Details

  • A 20 day marathon tour, from 2nd to 22nd June, cycling to 13 of the DCs in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire
  • A journey totalling some 1400 miles, covering an average of 70 miles per day, every day for 20 days

The Team

Karl Hedley The Great Pretender

44 year old Karl joined Tesco in 2006 and became a Team Manager in 2013. He is a family man with 4 children. Took up cycling in March '13 after taking advantage of the Cycle To Work Scheme.

Simon Shenton Follow me, I'm right behind you

47 year old Simon lives happily in sin with his partner and between them have 6 children, 2 Grandchildren and a chocolate Labrador. Joined Tesco in 1998 and became a Team Manager in 2001. After buying a bike through the cycle to work scheme, Simon is still getting used to the feel of lycra!

Peter Hedley Support Crew and Karl's Dad

Peter, who did not want to disclose his age, although he is an 'Old Fart', offered his services having nothing else to do since retiring. Although he can be found regularly next to any pond, river, lake holding onto a stick with the never ending hope to land the big one!!

The Leg Men

Jack Steel

21 year old Jack is a Sports Therapist from Coventry University. He first met Simon and Karl in February when they came to the clinic and agreed to be part of the support team when they said he would get free food!

Scott Gregory

20 year old Sports Therapist, recently finished my degree at Coventry University. Outside of Sports Therapy I enjoy playing hockey and running. Earlier this year I took part in my first ever marathon… the 2015 Virgin London Marathon, which was slightly easier than cycling around the UK.

James Cracknell

21 years old from Rutland. 3rd year Sports Therapy student at Coventry University. I have been treating Karl and Simon on a weekly basis in clinic to help prepare them for the big ride. Good luck boys.

Matthew Williams

21 year-old Scott is from Walsall in the West Midlands. About to graduate with a degree in Sports therapy from Coventry University. Offered to help with The Big Tesco Saddle Sore Tour to gain valuable work experience after finishing the degree.

  • "I am so delighted we are supporting Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation through our National Charity Partnership. By working together, we can make a real difference to the health of our customers and colleagues and build a better future for the communities we serve. I would encourage every colleague to give their support to this amazing partnership through raising awareness of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and fundraising for these vital causes. I look forward to working closely with the charities over the next three years and hearing all your wonderful stories."

    Dave Lewis, Group CEO, Tesco

  • “Diabetes UK is thrilled to be working with the British Heart Foundation and Tesco in a new National Charity Partnership. This is a hugely exciting opportunity and we hope to help millions of people to make healthier choices. The expertise in health of both charities, together with Tesco’s ability to speak to people in communities across the UK, means we can make a positive difference.”

    Barbara Young, Chief Executive Diabetes UK

  • “This ground-breaking partnership is a fantastic way to get healthy lifestyle messages to millions of people across the UK. The sad truth is that cardiovascular disease claims the lives of over four hundred people every day. Thanks to the generosity of Tesco colleagues and customers we will be able to continue our fight for every heartbeat.”

    Simon Gillespie, CEO British Heart Foundation

The Charities

In the first partnership of its kind, Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) have come together to help reduce the number of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation are the nation´s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research.

Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but we are leading the fight against it. Our pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes.

There are currently 3.8 million people in the UK with diabetes, including an estimated 630,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it. We help people manage their diabetes effectively by providing information, advice and support.

Need Your Help

We need your help


"After my heart attack and finding out I had Type 2 diabetes I needed to change everything. I got a new job and looked at the way I ate. I wanted to do everything I could to lessen the risk to my heart and become healthy.”



“Both I, and my partner Lawrence, have Type 2 diabetes, and Lawrence has had two heart attacks. It is a lot to deal with. But now there are two of us we are working together so we can have a long and happy future together.”

Please donate as much as you can for these 2 deserving charities, all donations from small to BIG are gratefully accepted and will spur us on to complete this massive challenge.

Visit our JustGiving page or donate by phone by texting BIKR67 £2 / £5 /£10 to 70070 to donate now. eg BIKR67 £5

The Big Tesco Saddle Sore Tour - Just Giving donation


Contact Us

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Thanks To

We could not have achieved this without the support of the following.

Coventry University Many thanks to Sheila Leddington-Wright and her team in the Sports Therapy department

Cartel Communications Many thanks to Iain Sharratt of CarTel Communications for providing our online trackers

Leisure Lakes Bikes 'Many thanks to Ian Noy, James Golding and all the team at Leisure Lakes Bikes in Daventry'