The riders

The ride is the brainchild of James Humphreys, a 68-year old retired engineer and university/FE lecturer.  Jim is a keen motorcyclist and the idea of riding from Scotland to Russia and back held particular appeal, since his native Scotland and Russia share the same Patron Saint.  His involvement with the Poppa Guttmann Trust comes as a result of his longstanding friendship with Philip Lewis, one of its Trustees.

It is not envisaged that a large number of bikes will complete the entire ride.  Rather that half a dozen or so riders will make ride from Moscow to Moscow and back, raising sponsorship from anyone they can get to donate. At the time of writing there are five participants confirmed: riders, Jim Humphreys (who will be participating in the UK legs only), husband and wife team, John and Brigid Rynne, and John Plumb; and the driver of our support vehicle, Robin Jeffrey.

The participants will ride their own bikes: Jim Humphreys, a BMW F800ST; John Rynne, a Triumph Tiger 1050i; Brigid Rynne, a BMW R1150GS; and John Plumb, an ex-military Harley Davidson MT350!  Robin Jeffery will be providing ground support in the UK, including driving the support vehicle, Jim’s Mitsubishi Warrior. The support vehicle will be accompanying us in the UK, mainly for logistical purposes.

The ride will be promoted to UK and European biking groups along the route, who will be encouraged to join up for different legs of the trip. Individual riders who would like to participate but are unable to commit to the whole journey, and who can raise sponsorship, are welcome to join us.  Visit “The Route” page for our current itinerary or email john@offonaweeride.com for more details.

Jim Humphreys

Born in wartime Glasgow, James’ career started with an engineering apprenticeship, following which he acquired a great deal of international experience, living and working in Zambia, Malaysia and Singapore. He has 20+ years’ experience lecturing on Business Management and Marketing to Degree and Post Graduate Students, and now enjoys teaching his grandchildren to grow vegetables.  James has always enjoyed planning and fulfilling adventures, and welcomes this opportunity to contribute to such a worthwhile cause. His involvement with the Poppa Guttmann Trust comes as a result of his friendship with Philip Lewis, a Trustee.  More about Jim …

John Rynne

After 30 years’ varied service with the Metropolitan Police, John decided to do a bit of travelling.  He bought a couple of round-the-world tickets for himself and Brigid, and rented out their London home. A relative newcomer to biking, John had only ridden about 300 miles when he arrived in Boston on the first leg of their trip.  When they left, 3 months later, there were 15,000 miles on the odometer. The kindness and hospitality that John and Brigid encountered during that trip, forever altered their own attitudes towards other people.  John returned to work for the Met until he and Brigid retired to France in 2007. John is an Open University Graduate.  More about John …

Brigid Rynne

Originally trained as a florist, Brigid has built up a colourful CV working for industries as diverse as fashion, shipping, biotech, medical communications and the NHS.  Always up for a challenge, she has never allowed lack of experience to stand in the way of an opportunity!  Brigid came into biking after the 1989 transport strike brought London to a standstill, and it was she who introduced John to two-wheels. Brigid is an Open University graduate and has also recently qualified as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Her involvement with the Poppa Guttmann Trust comes through her cousin, Mike Mackenzie, the Trust’s Chairman. More about Brigid …

John Plumb

John joined the team as a support driver. However, following Jim’s illness and the subsequent loss of the use of his Mitsubishi Warrior on the Continent, John made the brave decision to undertake the whole 6,500-mile trip on his 350cc bike! Sitting in a supermarket car park back in August last year, John was contemplating a change of scenery while listening to Radio Berkshire.  He was just about to switch channels, when he heard Debbie McGee announce Jim’s forthcoming charity ride from Moscow to Moscow.  Perhaps it was fate.  More about John …

Robin Jeffrey

A keen outdoor type, Robin joins John Plumb as a Support Driver and will be with us for the critical, European, part of our trip.  As a cadet in the merchant navy, Robin trained as an Electrical Engineer and now works as a field engineer for renewable energy company, Corus.  But his skills as an In-stage Rally Marshall and amateur radio enthusiast might also prove useful in  terms of keeping the group in order. More about Robin …

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