Ard Rock Organizers Provide Update, Launch Community Fundraiser in Aftermath of Flooding

Aug 1, 2019
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Flash flooding in the Swaledale valley has flooded homes, destroyed infrastructure, and submerged the Ard Rock site on July 30th 2019. Unfortunately, we were forced to cancel the event.

First, some housekeeping. Yes, we will absolutely be putting on another Ard Rock in 2020. All Ard Rock participant entry fees are in the process of being refunded. There's also an option of automatic entry for 2020 or full refund for those who want it.

Now to the most important stuff.

The damage to the local area is unprecedented. Houses are ruined, livestock and pets swept away in the destructive waters. We’re thankful and lucky that we no human lives were lost.

The emergency response was immense - fire services, mountain rescue, police, and well equipped farmers and local heroes immediately attended to those trapped and in severe danger.
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The mountain bike community is buzzing with offers of support and assistance for those who need it most - local residents and the community. We are asking for your help. We ask you to join us, stand together, spread the word and raise as much money as possible to show the world how much we care for the areas we love and enjoy.

That's why we've started The Ard Rock Swaledale Community Fund.

Your contributions will make a huge difference to the area. The floods are slowly subsiding, but leaving behind a trail of destruction. We need your help to turn this around. Ard Rock brings 15,000 visitors to Swaledale over the weekend. The boost to the local economy does not go unnoticed. But this year, the situation will leave many businesses with losses on top of the devastation to their homes and establishments. All funds will be donated to Hudson House (Reeth community centre) who will manage the fund and distribute to those who need it most.

Please donate what you can to support the community. For every £10 you donate, you will receive one entry to win the custom Santa Cruz Megatower CC built specially for Ard Rock 2019. The winner of the bike will be drawn in 10 days.

Every penny raised will go into a community fund to support local residents, local businesses and volunteer services. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

See you next year!


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 Donated without hesitation. Amazing to see the campaign already nearly at its target! Mountain bikers are awesome.
  • 5 0
 Donate. No brainer. Thanks.
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 Donated, this is what community spirit can do.
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 Looking on the bright side, with landslides like that the trails will be super gnarly for next year.
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flag Fix-the-Spade (Aug 1, 2019 at 11:44) (Below Threshold)
 @rudders20: I'm a dick who donated, what's your excuse?
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 Honestly think people may have taken you too seriously on that comment seeing as you've had marshalling duties there.
  • 5 0
 perhaps waiting until people had finished pumping water from their homes and businesses and clearing up dead livestock and pets would’ve helped.
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 @fatduke: In fairness it was in pretty poor taste.
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 Donated good luck boys
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 Got introduced to the event by the deakinator, good fun. Donated.
  • 2 1
 I make no excuses.
  • 1 0
 Donated, obvs.

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