I had always considered myself a runner but I started cycling with the Falmouth Wheelers in 2009. I was suffering with increasing knee and hip pain during my preparation for the Tresco Marathon and I believed cycling might help relieve the pressure on my joints. It was the tenth and last marathon to be held in the Scilly’s and it was always held on the same day as the London marathon, though, with seven laps of the island and seven ascents of three hills, one of them quite challenging, it couldn’t have been more different. The event was in aid of Cystic Fibrosis and I raised over £1,200. I came fifth and won my age category – and it was the only time I won a prize in a race, a cut glass bowl and £100 voucher to spend on sports clothing! I haven’t run, nor individually raised money for a charity, since.
Now, twelve years on, I’m asking you all ( and your friends and family ) to sponsor me once more, this time in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care.
Over the last 6 months I have trained for, 1) The Sa Calobra Strava challenge (65/69) in Mallorca which was once more thwarted by travel restrictions, 2) Another attempt at the hour record at Newport Velodrome, abandoned because of the lockdown and 3) the Dartmoor Classic. Thankfully this last event did successfully go ahead but it was sadly held in less than perfect conditions. However, the weather is looking a lot more settled for next weekend and the “Coast and Clay” Sportive, a fund raising event, where I hope to have one last blast on my bike before going for prostate surgery at the end of the month. “Cav” won his first sprint on the Champs-Elysees in 2009, and it is entirely possible he could do the same again this year – and on the same day I hope to win my age category in this gruelling event. This is my just giving page – please tell your friends.
Would anyone consider a further donation if I completed the 104 hilly miles in under 6 hrs?