Wells Marshall

Wells Marshall
27 children in Canada are diagnosed with cancer every week. Plse donate - together we'll raise money to fight kid's cancer, improve treatments and find a cure.
I've Ridden 446.3 km to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 709th
  • Province: 110th in BC
  • My Team: 2nd
I've raised $1,250 My goal is $1,350 Donate Now

My Story

14 Apr 2019

This June, Karen and I are joining the Nakusp team and taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!

Why? Because right now, over 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, and it's the biggest killer of children from disease in Canada.

Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.

So, we are raising funds through this challenge to help these kids and support SickKids Foundation to allow them to continue their work in developing treatments and finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Please help fund a cure for childhood cancer by sponsoring either of us - please make a donation to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.

Your support will change little lives.

Thank you,

Wells

My Challenge

  • 15.4 km ride - Lunch Ride - Saturday, July 13, 2019
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  • 7.8 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, July 13, 2019
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  • 7.8 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, July 13, 2019
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  • 13.9 km ride - Lunch Ride - Friday, July 12, 2019
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  • Done, and done (at least for now)!
    3 Jul 2019

    June 22 – June 30

    After 7+ days off and sitting in the truck seats for just over 1900kms, we were finally able to get back on our bikes in our own neighbourhood. It’s great to be home, surrounded by water and snow-capped mountains and only an occasional wind.

    We were happy to be able to finish our riding challenge kilometres in BC! We did some straightforward road rides the first few days we were home, just to get some fast kms in, then we headed out to our new mountain bike trails at Mt Abriel for some real fun! Although a sign at the Abriel trailhead says “Winnie lives here …”, I am glad that we didn’t see her. If you think I am a wuss about ticks, just imagine how much I dream about running into Winnie on a trail!

    On Saturday the 29th, we chose to celebrate the Canada Day long weekend by checking out a portion of the Nakusp & Slocan Rail Trail that we had not biked before. Our "Puddle-Jumping Rail Trail" ride netted us just over 17km, but we got stopped up by some very wet areas that were just too deep to ride through. We found out that trail work is starting on this section of the Rail Trail in early July, so those puddles will be bridged and we’ll get out there again later in the season – it’s beautiful out there; the trail follows Bonanza Creek with beautiful vistas of the Valhalla mountains in the background.

    Sunday the 30th found us at Mt. Abriel again, with 7km left for me to bike and Wells with 16km to complete his challenge. We decided to split up, bike hard and avoid Winnie, then meet up back at the trailhead when we had our kilometres complete. Wells took on the blue and black trails which are fast and fun but not my cup of tea; I headed for the green adaptive trails which are wider and less technical, but still fun with lots of dips and corners! 90 minutes later we were done – Wells completing 400km in 30 days and me with 200km complete!

    On this last day of riding, we were thrilled to see families with kids of all ages biking the Mt. Abriel trails. What a fitting end to our Ride to Fight Kid’s Cancer!

    And, Winnie stayed out of sight yet again – just where I like her.

    Done, and done (at least for now)!
    Posted 16 days ago
  • 17.0 km ride - Lunch Ride - Sunday, June 30, 2019
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  • 8.1 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Saturday, June 29, 2019
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  • 9.1 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Saturday, June 29, 2019
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  • 54.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, June 26, 2019
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  • 47.3 km ride - Morning Ride - Monday, June 24, 2019
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  • 30.8 km ride - Lunch Ride - Sunday, June 23, 2019
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  • 40.9 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, June 22, 2019
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  • Bird’s Hill Park - where’s the hill?
    17 Jun 2019

    June 12 - 15

    Our rides in and from Bird’s Hill Provincial Park have been productive and disaster-less! But, the ticks have found us again. Every day we find one or two somewhere in our trailer or on Bally. Now to well-adjusted, normal, bug-tolerant adults that might be nothing, but I cannot claim to be one of them. Wells takes each discovery much better than I and he is getting quite adept at spotting and disposing of them. I guess all the practice he has with stinkbugs (aka Kootenay roaches) in Nakusp is paying off!

    Now, about the biking

    We’ve tried out a few road-rides to see the park. They have a lovely drive around the perimeter of the park with nice wide shoulders for biking. Although the riding might be pretty straightforward, the wind has continued to put up some fierce resistance, each and every day. Add a few raindrops to the wind and Wells can tell you that his Tuesday road-ride was quite a challenge! I took a shorter, more scenic ride on Tuesday and missed the rain. Wells saw a lot of traffic; I saw the beach and ducks and geese and goslings.

    On Wednesday we biked over to the Oak Ridge mountain bike trails that are in the park and used for competitions quite regularly. No mountains here of course and not really any hills either, but they are nice winding, flowy trails in the trees, so you get a few rocks and roots to keep you on your toes (or on your butt as the case might be - guess who?)! Nevertheless, on this ride I biked my first black (advanced) trails. Now don’t get too excited; these black trails were fun and I managed to ride them, but they are not BC black trails - remember, no mountains here. In most other mountain bike regions, I’d be hesitant about even walking on a black trail, let alone riding a bike on one!

    We took a couple of days off to move campsites and do a bunch of housekeeping chores. On Saturday Wells was back on the park highway to knock a few kilometres off his riding goal. I am taking another day or two off to rest up (and give Wells a chance to catch up 🙃).

    In total, we’ve ridden 310km, with Wells accounting for 193km of them. That leaves us with a combined goal of 290km to ride in the next two weeks. The countdown is on!

    Maybe if I imagine I’m being chased by a stinkbug or a tick, I will bike faster, harder?

    Posted 32 days ago
  • 26.4 km ride - Afternoon Ride - Saturday, June 15, 2019
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  • 14.6 km ride - Lunch Ride - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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  • 48.2 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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  • 17.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Monday, June 10, 2019
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  • Manitoba tic-attack, and perogies?
    9 Jun 2019

    June 9

    I admit it, I am a bit bothered by bugs 😝😳 or crawly things. Especially ones that aren’t your garden-variety northern bug 🦟. New-to-me bugs creep me out. Like ticks. I hadn't seen a tick, ever, until Wells found 1, then 2, on him and then 2 more on Bally at the first park we stayed at in Manitoba. No further encouragement needed; we packed up and moved a couple hundred kilometres away!

    We’ve settled down in Bird’s Hill Provincial Park for a few days and maybe we’ll find ticks here, maybe we won’t? But what we have found for sure is some options for bike riding! Time to get serious and put a few kms under our belts and on the scoreboard.

    Wells happened to notice that there was a farmer’s market in Lockport on Sundays, and I happened to notice that there was a green trail from the park to Lockport! Maybe we could find some fresh strawberries? Wells knows I love a market so he humoured me and agreed to ride to the FM.

    Now the trail/road through the park was nice enough and we joined a paved connector trail that took us through the park a bit more and then over 4 lanes of traffic on highway 59 via a big pedestrian/bike overpass. Then we were on to gravel and the green trail called Duff Roblin Parkway. This parkway is a gravel maintenance/recreational trail that follows the Red River spillway. Truthfully, it was a bit of a bore to ride; mostly flat, not scenic, prairie headwind all the way with a raindrop here and there. But, it leads to a FM!

    And the town of Lockport? Who knew there is an actual lock there? The Red River was packed with boats and fishermen and pelicans galore; there were more hot dogs and french fries and Sunday drivers than I’ve seen in a very long time! (I guess it is a destination for Winnipeg’ers on a sunny day?) And of course, the farmer’s market!

    It was a nice little market in the parking lot of Skinners famous hot dog restaurant 😲. Alas, no fresh strawberries but homemade perogies and a loaf of bread made it a trip worthwhile!

    By the time we headed back to the park, the hoped-for tailwind had turned and was now a crosswind, but at least we weren’t biking straight into it. We passed a couple of walkers and dogs, but for the most part we had the trail to ourselves, and the sun had come out. The park had emptied out of weekend campers so it was quiet. Nice to come ‘home’ to.

    Our kilometres for today were the same - no mishaps! 34km each means we can tick (no pun intended) off another 68km from our challenge total leaving us with 388 to go!

    And, I am happy to say we haven’t seen a crawly tick in this park ... yet!

    Manitoba tic-attack, and perogies?
    Posted 39 days ago
  • 33.3 km ride - Lunch Ride - Sunday, June 9, 2019
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  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $1,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 41 days ago
  • Buffalo Pound Chainbreak!
    7 Jun 2019

    June 4th ride:

    A beautiful day in Saskatchewan at the Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. Wells outdid me again in chocking up the kilometres - I did mention didn’t I, that he is a fitter, much more avid and fearless mountain biker than I am? That’s why he signed up for a 400km challenge and I took on only 200km. I like biking, but as in most things athletic, I tend to lean toward lazy!😲

    Anyhow, we set off from our campsite towards the trailhead. Now proper research and planning would have told us we should drive to the trailhead, but we are trying to go-with-the-flow on this trip, so off we went and 9+km, some good uphill climbs, bushwhacking, and a couple of detours later, we finally got to the trailhead! By this time I’ve decided to conserve some energy for the ride back to our campsite so I’m going to just toodle around an easy green loop while Wells does a couple of fun/challenging trails and then we’ll ride back to our campsite together. I started off and hadn’t toodled more than 10 metres when my chain snapped. Xx!?!&XX! No spare chain with us and nothing to patch it up with, so Wells decided he would bike back to our campsite instead of doing the fun trail, and come back and pick me up with the truck. He saves me again.🤗

    If it weren’t for the ‘challenge’ part of this bike-riding trip, I might have been content to sit and wait for Wells to pick me up, but I do like to walk (and there was no ice cream in the vicinity so why hang around?), so I pushed my bike up the road (big hill) for about 3km and then hopped on my chainless bike for a fast downhill (other side of the big hill)! As luck would have it, at the bottom of my chainless descent, and before the next uphill, Wells 💕 met me with the truck! 🥰

    At the end of the day, Wells added 19+km to his Ride to Fight Kids’ Cancer and I added 13-/+km to my total. That brings us to 507km to go!

    Buffalo Pound Chainbreak!
    Posted 42 days ago
  • A townie ride comes with ice cream!
    7 Jun 2019

    June 2nd ride:

    Well, Sunday was another beautiful day in the Cypress Hills, and Wells and I took advantage of it to get out pedaling again. Wells headed straight uphill and I chose an easier path, sticking closer to town with far less vertical.

    Oh, and did I mention ice cream? While Wells was sweating it out on an uphill climb, I was enjoying an ice-cold maple walnut cone beside the beach! While he was dodging rocks and hanging off the edge of the trail on a fast downhill, I was meandering along a shoreline trail, dodging the odd tourist or schnauzer.

    We met up for the climb back up to our campsite where Bally was looking after things in our absence. Wells put in a solid 19km mountain bike ride and I did a 15km ice cream ramble. This brings our goal a bit closer, leaving us with only 540km to go! Monday the 3rd was a rest day.

    A townie ride comes with ice cream!
    Posted 42 days ago
  • 14.7 km ride - Lunch Ride - Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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  • 4.6 km ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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  • Sharing Karen’s update from Day 1!
    3 Jun 2019

    June 1

    We kicked off this challenge with a mountain bike ride in the Cypress Hills! Wells clocked in a 15km morning ride and I did an 11km ride. Wells breezed through his ride, but I found it a bit challenging in parts; one crash 🥴, but Wells picked me up and we carried on!

    My hope for all those little ones who are battling cancer today is that their challenges get smaller and that they always have someone to pick them up when they stumble. I know how important support is and families and medical staff are awesome. I hope that some of the money we raise in this challenge goes to helping with support programs for the supporters!

    Thank you to all of our supporters for your generous donations - rest assured that SickKids puts your donations to good use and we all appreciate your efforts.

    Our combined challenge this month is 600kms; on our first day we knocked off 26, so only 574 to go!

    Sharing Karen’s update from Day 1!
    Posted 46 days ago
  • 19.0 km ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, June 2, 2019
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  • 15.2 km ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, June 1, 2019
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  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 48 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $250 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 81 days ago
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