Closed Road Sportive

Sunday 4 September 2022

Kidney Research UK

*2022 information coming soon*


We, Kidney Research UK are the leading charity dedicated to research into kidney disease in the UK. We rely almost wholly on the generous donations of the UK public and believe that everybody deserves a life free of kidney disease.

There are three million people in the UK living with kidney disease right now. One million don’t even know they have it and there is no cure. Every day our scientists and clinicians are growing their understanding of kidney disease to help unlock the answers to tackling this life-limiting condition.

For decades our developments in treatment, better information for patients and raising vital public awareness have been saving lives. As the likelihood of kidney disease striking you becomes ever greater, our work is more essential now than ever.

So, let’s help put the brakes on kidney disease and stop it in its tracks! 

Join Team Kidney! 

Looking to sign up for Touro? Join Team Kidney and help put the brakes on kidney disease. 

discounted registration fee | £500 minimum sponsorship 

What you’ll get as part of Team Kidney:

  • A Kidney Research UK cycling jersey 
  • A fundraising pack full of tips and ideas 
  • Support from Kidney Research UK every step of the way 
  • Regular updates to inspire your training and fundraising 
  • Encouragement from Team Kidney across the event weekend 
  • A Kidney Research UK medal and certificates 

As well all as all that comes with being part of Tour O The Borders: 

  • A fantastic closed road ride, 88.8km or 120km, including some of the UK’s best cycling country and awesome scenery 
  • Greet feed stations on the route with a variety of locally-made treats, including some fantastic cake and Forsyth’s famous macaroni pies 
  • The best electronic chip timing system, results texted to you soon after finish 
  • Official souvenir for all finishers 
  • Buzzing event village 
  • Mechanical support before and during the event 


Please note this does not include postage of your rider pack in advance of the event, you must register in person on Saturday 4 September. If you wish to have your rider pack posted in advance please email us at 

Already signed up but want to do some fundraising for Kidney Research UK? All you need to do is set up a JustGiving Page… 

Why Kidney Research? 

Joseph was a physically fit and active young guy when out of the blue in July 2018 he became quite ill, he was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure and commenced a life-saving but physically draining routine of 4 hour dialysis sessions 3 times per week.

As a consequence, one of the many sacrifices for Joseph included him and his dad, Tim, being unable to participate in Tour O The Borders 2018, a ride that they had completed together several times over the past years. 

Fortunately, it turned out that Tim was a good tissue match for Joseph and so within 6 months both were recovering from a kidney transplant operation . The transplant has enabled Joseph to regain a more normal life so that after just a further 6 months Joseph and Tim returned to take on the challenge of Tour o the Borders, powered by Pirelli 2019! They are both thankful for their good health and kidney function and grateful for the fantastic work of the many talented and dedicated staff of the renal, dialysis and transplant units of the NHS. These teams have benefited from many years of pioneering research, much of which is supported by Kidney Research UK.

Joseph & Tim are amongst the lucky ones who are of good general health, largely due to their love of cycling & participating in events such as Touro, so they were in relatively good shape and a good match for an early transplant. There are over three million people in the UK with varying degrees of kidney failure, many of whom are not so fortunate and over 6,000 of them are waiting for a suitable transplant.  So, now you know why! Two phenomenal gentlemen we are delighted to have met and proud to support through our partnership with Kidney Research UK.

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