Given all the rain we’re having at the moment it may seem inappropriate to write about the Sun, but come the 1st September I hope he’ll have his hat on and if not playing, at least putting in an appearance. For on that day I will be cycling, walking and canoeing for charity in an event called “Race the Sun” in the Lake District.
It’s a 50 mile cycle ride, a stiff walk up Helvellyn (2nd highest mountain in England) and a short, but no doubt taxing, canoe around Thirlmere. The race starts at dawn and you have to be back by sunset, hence racing the sun. It’s not the cycling or the hiking that concerns me so much as the canoeing, as it’s something I haven’t done much of. Thankfully all but five miles of the biking is on road.
Like most of these events, it is a fund raiser for charity, in this case Action for Medical Research (AMR), which funds research into medical treatment for babies and children.
I’m doing it as part of a team – “Back B4-9” – and we need to raise £2,000 to be able to take part. My team mates are Nick Lofthouse, Warwick Wyatt (a personal trainer, so he should be ok doing it) and Erol Osman. We all attend a breakfast networking club called, funnily enough, B4-9. The name chose itself really…
I have a sponsorship page both team and personal – click here – and, of course, any donations you care to make will be gratefully received. My good friend and colleague Jill Watson, was kind enough to kick off the sponsorship. Jill is due to give birth shortly – so I suppose I shouldn’t complain about the pain of a nice cycle ride in the country.
I’m determined to put in a respectable showing come race day so have been building up the training. Yesterday the team got wheeling over to Hemel Hempstead and return again, a distance of approximately 35 miles, with a couple of steep hills en route. I never knew Harpenden was so hilly; it’s like the Alps, only with more BMWs and less snow. I had my usual puncture, the third in as many rides: I’m getting quite adept at repairing them now.
It’s the canoeing I need to work on. Is there anyone out there who could lend me a kayak for, say, 6 months?! I’ll do an update from time to time on our training.
We need to raise £2,000 so we can do it, so all donations will be very gratefully received so, please, if you can, Back B4-9!