Twenty-five years after running twenty-six miles, half of the original team are bravely cycling all or part of the 1,050 mile route in support of LandAid, Dementia UK & other nominated charities.
Lycra is one of the unmistakable trends of the last few years and our group of twenty one MAMILs (middle-aged men – and women – in Lycra) have decided to don the appropriate accoutrements and scale the length of the country, from John O’Groats to Land’s End, in under three weeks.
The journey will see the 18-day JOGLERs travel on average 57 miles per day, while the 10-dayers will cover around 100 miles per day, south-westwards across Scotland and down the west coast of Britain, passing through a number of sleepy villages and descending on the hotels brave enough to accommodate them, before reaching their Cornish destination.
Alex spent six years with Gardiner and Theobald before joining Speyhawk PLC in 1982. In 1986, he joined London and Edinburgh Trust PLC where he was involved in property investment and development work until 1994. He then moved to Aberdeenshire to his family property, Haddo Estate, where he is involved in the day to day management of a busy working estate with enterprises including farming, let houses, commercial forestry, a shop and restaurant, renewable energy schemes (not wind turbines!) and commercial shooting and fishing.Donate here
Andrew is UK Deputy Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle, the firm that he has been with for approaching 30 years, and a relative youngster amongst his fellow Joglers. He is a former Chairman of the Investment Property Forum, a Trustee of The Story of Christmas and Chairman of Governors at Brambletye School. Andrew’s interests include squash, golf, and following motorsport. He likes a challenge, the last being the 2010 London Marathon and he is learning to row as well as 'training' for the big ride.
He signed up for the ride following Mike Slade introducing him to John Holmes at Twickenham on the day of that memorable England victory over New Zealand last autumn.Donate here
One of the few non-property Joglers, Anthony is a shipbroker now based in London having previously worked in the Far East. He has cycled in the Himalayas as well as once cycling from Bangkok to Singapore, following which he promised never to cycle again. But Chris Hoddell somehow persuaded him to take part in this anniversary trip.
Bill is a retired marathon veteran, having run in 20 marathons. He is currently recovering from heart surgery and dislikes cycling, preferring to spend his time in retirement fishing and writing the history of salmon fishing on the River Tweed. His personal charity is The Wheeelyboat Trust which provides fishing for disabled and injured soldiers on the Tweed.Donate here
Chris qualified at the College of Estate Management before spending time at Richard Ellis then at Clive Lewis & Partners. In 1982 he set up Hoddell Stotesbury, an investment agency where he stayed for ten years before going into partnership with John Beckwith, forming Portfolio Holdings, a property investment and development company which was acquired by Apollo Real Estate (now Area Property Partners) in 1997. Interests are fishing, skiing, golf and cycling!Donate here
Following completion at the College of Estate Management, Chris worked with Jones Lang in Brussels and Weatheralls in Paris before attending INSEAD. Thereafter Chris set up leading Paris property development company Capital & Continental in Paris in partnership with Mike Hawkes. He is currently on the Board of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and various charitable foundations in France. He has also been a Governor of Port Regis School since 1994. Chris’s interests include skiing, golf and not cycling!Donate here
David trained with Jones Lang Wootton before leaving to study at London University where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. He joined the Commercial Division of Strutt & Parker in London in 1971, becoming Head of the Investment Department 1973, a full equity partner in 1978 then Head of the Commercial Division for 15 years from 1990. He has since retired, but continues as a consultant. He now also advises Kings College London University on its London estate.Donate here
James Tuckey is Chairman of Brookfield UK, part of the Canadian group Brookfield Asset Management. Formerly CEO of MEPC PLC, his interests include tennis, skiing, golf and walking. James completed the London marathon in 1988.Donate here
Jamie spent his 40 years in property working in Europe, Scotland and in London’s West End. Chairman of the Governors of Tower House and a member of the Maresfield Parish Council Steering Committee, he supplements his efforts to convert a golf slice to a backhand slice.Donate here
After graduating from Cambridge University, John began his career as a solicitor in England and Wales, followed by Hong Kong. He became partner in two law firms in the UK and in Hong Kong, advising international clients on major projects, before setting up his own practice in London in 2010. He specialises in arbitration and has acted as both adviser and arbitrator on some of the world's largest infrastructure projects developments.Donate here
John spent 30 years working in stockbroking for Hoare Govett, Morgan Grenfell, Morgan Stanley and Credit Lyonnais. This was followed by another 10 years working in executive search, mainly with Odgers Berndtson and, since 2007, he has held a number of non-executive director roles in both recruitment and stockbroking. His key interests include golf and skiing.Donate here
Mike is CEO of the listed property development and investment company, Helical Bar PLC. His interests include sailing and racehorse breeding. He lives with his wife Heather in London and in the New Forest. Mike participated in the 1988 London Marathon.Donate here
A graduate of Cambridge University, Peter qualified as a lawyer with Norton Rose in 1970 and in 1972 joined his brother John in establishing the international property company, London & Edinburgh Trust. He co-founded the Riverside Racquets Clubs in 1985 and further expanded his leisure interests through acquiring significant interests in the Harbour Club in Chelsea and the Harbour Club Milan. In 1992, he established PMB Holdings, which became the principal operating and management vehicle for his real estate, leisure and theatre interests.Donate here
Peter Blacker is a chartered surveyor and founder of the British Ensign Group, which remains predominantly a property trading and investment entity with a number of interests all over the UK. Peter has more recently diversified and British Ensign Golf has developed two multi-million pound Golf and Country Clubs in Surrey and Sussex. Peter has regularly held large corporate golf days where impressive sums of money have been raised for charity, in particular for Kipungani Schools Trust, where the money raised has built two schools in Kenya and enabled a great many children to be educated.Donate here
Peter attended the College of Estate Management from 1966 to 1968 then worked at Hillier Parker May & Rowden, Cluttons before earning an MBA from the Lausanne International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in 1974. He then joined Chris Hoddell and Mike Stotesbury in forming Hoddell Stotesbury, with projects including large scale regeneration schemes in London and Birmingham, carried out in conjunction with Peter Beckwith and others. He co-owns the Royal Oxford Hotel and is actively involved with the Sparkes Home charity in Sri Lanka. Peter is married with four children, one of whom is currently with CBRE.Donate here
Throughout his career, Peter has worked at Knight Frank, Anthony Lipton & Company and Peter Taylor & Company. He was Chief Executive of Sheraton Securities International PLC for ten years from 1981, a publicly quoted property company developing throughout the UK and USA. From 1991 he has worked as Managing Director of the Easter Group Limited and, in 2012, he established Seybourne Estates. He part owns Bennetts Fine Wines and Sheldons Wine Cellars and his interests include golf (formerly President of the Estates Golfing Society), running, reading, watching good sport and family. He is Chairman of Trustees, Guild of Handicraft Trust at the Arts & Crafts Museum in Chipping Campden.Donate here
Richard Upton co-founded Mount Anvil Plc and Cathedral Heathcare Plc, which was sold to Primary Healthcare Properties in 2005 , and established Cathedral Group Plc where he is the owner and CEO. Cathedral recently completed the delivery of the iconic Guggenheim-inspired Clapham library and purchased the His Masters Voice factory in Hayes and Tate and Lyle sugar refinery in Greenwich, which together deliver some 4m sq ft of housing, offices, hotels, student accommodation and music venues. Richard is married with two young kids, 2 pigs, 8 chickens, a mink and a strange collection of vehicles. He is a keen patron of the arts, a Board Member at English Heritage and an advisor on regeneration to local authorities.Donate here
Robin Broadhurst CVO CBE FRICS spent almost 35 years of his career with Jones Lang LaSalle as an investment and development advisor, before ending up as European Chairman. He is now Chairman of Grainger PLC and of Sableknight, the private operating company of the Observer Publishing Trust. He is a non-executive director of Chelsfield and a property advisor to Sir Robert McAlpine and Resolution Property, as well as a trustee of several charities.Donate here
Rodger was educated at Edinburgh Academy and the Scottish College of Textiles, though his career is firmly rooted in Rugby. He played at international level from 1967 to 1973, during which time he toured in New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina. He has since been involved in Mergers and Acquisitions of a number of companies and, since retirement has been working in non-executive roles. He also supports the Lord Taverner’s sporting charity.Donate here
Simon has 25 years’ experience in the sports and entertainment sector, with particular emphasis on the development of rights and sponsorship opportunities. He co-founded a number of successful businesses with the support of Sir John Beckwith, including Sports & Outdoor Media International PLC and The Frontiers Group. He currently runs a music and sports marketing business called International Event Management (IEM Ltd) and supports various charities. He began cycling in earnest as part of his rehabilitation following a bilateral knee replacement in 2010 and has since completed a number of long distance charity rides, including Berkshire to Paris, Galway to Dublin and Bruges to Spa in Belgium. Simon’s passions are cycling, rugby and all sport, family and “the odd pint or 3!”
Never knowingly mentioned in the Estates Gazette or involved in any commercial property deals, Suzie has spent many scintillating hours listening to the great and good of the property world. She will be cycling with the team for a few days supporting the joie de vivre of the property ‘boys’ and the great causes they are raising money for.Donate here