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Table Tennis Talk


Top Five Events.

  1. October 2014 - #RunTeamFlo Birmingham Half Marathon led by Kelly Sibley (Pink Pong Ambassador) - £23,147.33
  2. March 2015 - Lucy Elliot & Catherine O’Neill Cut their hair for Cancer - £2106.60
  3. January 2015 – Drumchapel TTC & Scotland Aerobic Table Tennis Tour Event led by Corinna Whitaker - £1408.80
  4. August 2015 – Bristol #PinkPongPedal led by Julian Elsbury - £1360.00
  5. May 2015 - #SuperTed Teds Snowdon Adventure - £1140.50


Thank you all so much for your support and if you would like to host an event at your club then please contact Liz May -


Bristol’s #PinkPongPedal – Julian Elsbury

On a warm and sunny Saturday morning (yes, we even arranged the weather!), nine brave souls including a tandem duo set off from Thornbury Table Tennis Club aiming to visit every BDTTA league venue in a day. The group included experienced and inexperienced cyclists, with rising local table tennis star Stan Shilton being the youngest rider at just 11 years old! 





90 arduous miles were ahead of us and as a result, the early pace was steady so as not to run out of steam too early. Before our first scheduled cake and drink stop at Portishead TTC (30 miles in), we fixed  labels marking our event to the entrances of Almondsbury, Westbury, Filton, Filton Academy, AVSPOL, Bristol Civil Service, University of Bristol and Failand Table Tennis clubs (where we were joined by another willing victim rider). This first section was not without incident, as we lost 90 minutes through various mechanical problems including two inner tube blow outs. However, we managed to maintain our high spirits and before we knew it, rolled up at Portishead for a well-earned ‘pit stop’. 

Suitably re-fuelled and after double checking the running repairs on the bikes, we set off looking to make up lost time on the next 16 miles before our lunch stop. During this section, we visited clubs that were furthest west comprising Cleeve & Claverham (Walton), Yatton, Cleeve & Claverham (Cleeve) and Nailsea. 


Nailsea TTC was the halfway point and we were once again met by the smiling faces and encouragement of our fantastic catering crew comprising family and friends who then proceeded to load us with much needed carbs and fluids. By now, we were still an hour or so down on our intended schedule so before too long the starting nine were sat back in the saddle and travelling to south Bristol to take in HCC, Knowle & Brislington and Bristol followed by a journey in an eastern direction which took us to Frys and Frys – Longwell. The miles were now starting to tick down as we encountered a few more testing hills when riding north-west to call in on St.George, Old Georgians and Southmead where we had our third and final pit stop. 


The remaining Pasta, Sausage rolls and cakes were polished off in true ‘elite athlete’ style before we made a move to tick off the remaining three venues. Page, Winterbourne and Fromeside were conquered in quick style before we had one final steep hill to ascent before enjoying the resulting mile or so downhill to the finishing line and the open arms of The Anchor Inn, Thornbury.   


All that took part should be truly proud of their efforts but special mention must go out to Tom Lewis, Daniel Ives and Stan Shilton who probably had a total of 90 miles worth of cycling experience between them prior to the event. 

Finally, to highlight the commitment of all that took part in the inaugural BDTTA – PinkPong ride 2015, I would like to repeat the words of the amazing Stan Shilton prior to the ride who when told that it would be a tough challenge and a long day replied “It’s only one day of pain. People who suffer from Cancer are in pain for longer so I will just say SHUP UP LEGS!” 



Tony Clarkson, Julian Elsbury, Tom Lewis, Ian Maggs,  – Thornbury TTC  

Dave Reeves – Failand TTC 

Mike Shilton and Stan Shilton – Woodchester TTC (Stroud & District league)  

Daniel Ives – Professional Table Tennis coach and founder of Table Tennis Daily 

Maggi and Paul Masuka -  Team Tandem  


Thanks to our family and friends including Tracy Dibble, Briony Elsbury, Angie Lewis, Michele Reeves, Maurice Cohen, Lisa Shilton, Emily Standing and Len (Chef) Vowles. You were incredible and we would not have been able to do it without your help and encouragement. 


Also, thanks to Andy Elliott, Shaun Fitzpatrick and Terry Toghill who took the time to meet us along the way and apologies to those that we missed due to the delays that we encountered in the first section of the ride.  


 It was a pleasure to arrange and participate in such a fulfilling event and we all hope that our efforts and the money raised will make a difference to Cancer Research UK.



Bankfield TTC – By Alan Gibson

OCA (formally Bankfield) Table Tennis Club’s Fun Day’s  

Recently OCA Table Tennis Club helped Pink Pong raise around £275 by selling cakes, biscuits, raffles and Pink Pong merchandise plus playing table tennis related games with parents and children to increase awareness of the charity and participation in both table tennis and donations.  These events were hosted at All Saints Upton Primary School and Ormiston Chadwick Academy High School both of which in the deprived areas of a town called Widnes (Not too far Liverpool) proving that donations of a little can go a long way in the fight against cancer.  


On the first event day which was held at the All Saints Upton Primary School, Zoe Cheesman and Kari Pilarek drove down from their home in West Yorkshire with lots of Pink Pong merchandise.  June and I provided homemade cakes, biscuits, ‘sweet pong’ and other little treats managed to sell over £220’s worth of goodies and we managed to get lots people playing some table tennis. 


The second event held at Ormiston Chadwick Academy was clouded by unfortunate weather, but fortunately that didn’t totally stop Pink Pong from raising another £55 with the people who did turn up to OCA’s fun day being more than willing to donate whatever they could to the charity for the exchange of some sweet treats or fun playing table tennis for the day.  Homemade shortbread and cupcakes were provided again by June and I, with Zoe and Kari again providing all the Pink Pong Merchandise. 


I would like to thank Liz and her team of amazing people who support this cause so well for giving OCA TTC the opportunity to help raise funds and awareness for Cancer Research. Pink Pong is definitely making a difference all over England and we hope to host more Pink Pong charity events soon!  




#TableTennisDay – By Torbay Table Tennis Academy

On Thursday, 16th July 2015 over fifty table tennis players came together to celebrate National Table Tennis Day.  Players from across the whole of South West Devon came to Torbay Table Tennis Academy to have fun and join in with TTTA’s training.  Participants attended from Torquay, Brixham , Paignton, Exeter, Okehampton, Ivybridge, Chaddlewood, Totnes, Dawlish and Plymouth.


The players were divided into two groups, beginners /children and league players, from all divisions.  The junior players played for points with the league players receiving one hour of training and then a further hour playing for points.


The standard of Table Tennis on the day was very high and it was great to see. The day was also an opportunity to congratulate Liz May, Chaddlewood Table Tennis Club. for achieving two Active Devon Awards – “Volunteer of the Year” and  “Outstanding contribution to the sport” through her dedication to both Table Tennis and  Pink Pong’s charity project for which a collection was made on the day.  Congratulations Miss May once again !


Our very great thanks to you all for helping us make this day so special and thank you also for your great generosity in donating £92 to Pink Pong, which was donated directly to Cancer Research’s Frances Crick Project.  Well done!!!




Pink Pong Pub Party – By Polly Bonell

Pink Pong hosted their first ever #PinkPongPubParty at the Chaddlewood Inn on Saturday 1st August 2015, raising £506 for Cancer Research UK.



Liz May - Pink Pong Founder with Best Friend and CoOrganiser Polly Bonell.

Liz made contact with the Manager Rob back in December after attending a Cancer Research conference in London. She said, "we were given a list of companies that match/support CRUK and Sizzling Pubs was on the list, The Chaddlewood Inn is my local and I really wanted my community to pull together for a cause close to my heart.” The Chaddlewood Inn was really supportive and we hope that this is just a platform for better things to come, our aim is to inspire a pub battle against other Sizzling Pubs annually, we will meet in 6 weeks to evaluate Saturday and start the ball rolling for the future."


Amanda Anderton -Common Scents Candles with Liz May

Team Pink Pong were joined by Carli Castles, Common Scents Candles and Sweet Sew 'n' Sew during the day, with face painting by the talented Fran Reseigh and an awesome Tombola ran by Suzanne Smith (Taking over £130 just on this stall).  In the evening a BraPong competition came to its head with Stuart Thornton being crowned the 2015 Champion, winning a meal for two from our hosts The Chaddlewood Inn.


Stuart Thornton with his Wife Lindsay Thornton and Children.

The evening was rocked out with The Wendellas performing an amazing set to a packed out pub, creating a true party atmosphere and one we hope to repeat in 2016....we hope you'll join us.

Monies raised at this years event were donated to The Frances Crick Project -


Team Pink Pong enjoying Carli Castles.




Inspirational Corner – By Liz May

My Grandma

My Grandma didn’t die of cancer, but her husband did and she lived on for 27 years after he was sadly taken from us to bowel cancer, to look after us and guide us through this sometimes tough world we live in.  This is why she is my inspiration.


My Grandma was my number one fan, she encouraged me, built me up and most importantly she believed in me.  She travelled the country and sometimes Europe to watch me ‘attempt’ to play table tennis and she was always by my side at local Pink Pong events, supporting me and the team and selling raffle tickets…..who could refuse?  Pink Pong had a place in her heart too, losing your loved one to this disease makes you do what you can.  She did just that.


My Grandma took me in to help me get through university, allowing me to cover the kitchen and bathroom walls with mind maps and pictures of anatomy; I think she became more knowledgeable than me.  Her front room became a make shift clinic for my peers and I to practice, she would of course pipe up from her chair on occasion and tell us the RIGHT answers too.


My Grandma was my world.  I wanted always to make her proud.  She loved being with her family, and travelled with us to run (for charity) in various events across the UK.  She came to Paris in 2012, to celebrate my uncles 50th birthday and to watch us compete in our first ever Marathon together.  She even got out of her wheel chair to push me down the hotel corridor the morning after, a memory I will laugh at and cherish forever.


Our Paris entourage with Grandma in the middle.


My Grandma loved me from the day I was born; I loved her for my whole life.  She held my hand for a moment but she has my heart forever.


This newsletter is dedicated to My Grandma – Jean Page for the support she gave both to Pink Pong and me.  Rest in Peace Grandma.

Jean Page 09.04.1927 – 07.07.2015





Save the Date – Aerobic TT World Record Tour.



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