Jim’s aiming to defeat the Marmotte

March 19th, 2011

La Marmotte to be precise and its my ambition to pedal this classic French cyclosportive route not push! I already consider myself a cycling legend amongst the Garage Door Industry, not for my John O’Groats to Lands End ride in nine days last year, but because of the information I found time to post on my ride blog on the detailed state of my bowels. I’ll be at it again this year!

Jim and his trusty steed

I’m continuing the link to Alder Hey Childrens Hospital and will be hoping for support through sponsorship for this outstanding specialist hospital. I still struggle to contemplate what life would be like for families and their sick children without this beacon of healing and hope.

La Marmotte is a one-day event that uses some of the climbs used in the Tour de France. The route is 174 km (108 mi) long and features more than 5180 metres (17,000 feet) of climbing (imagine cycling to the top of Mont Blanc and still having another kilometer to go…) The event goes over the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and finishes at the top of one the most famous Tour de France climbs, Alpe d’Huez.
La Marmotte
The event takes place on July 2nd 2011 and I’m already in training. Although considerably shorter than the 1000+ miles of last years challenge, the chances of failure are higher – events don’t get much tougher than this. Why not sponsor me just for competing but add a finish line bonus to help me dig deep and motivate myself to cross the line. It’s a great cause and deserves support – you can sponsor online via http://www.justgiving.com/Jim-Rodger.

You’ll also see an update on Emily Atkins, the young girl treated at Alder Hey’s renal unit, which started this whole cycling madness.

Make sure you look out for my blog, back for another round of pedal turning exploits – I’ll try and spare the stomach turning details this time around…

Emily Atkins Update – A Few Words From Emily’s Mum

March 7th, 2011

Since Jim’s amazing cycle ride last summer, a lot has happened in the Atkins household.

Emily in hospital Thanks to the successful kidney transplant that took place on 1st July 2010, Emily’s quality of life has improved greatly. The donor kidney, from her dad Simon, is working well, meaning no more dialysis, diet restrictions and a new lease of life for Emily. Dad recovered well, he was discharged after 6 days and went back to work full-time, 12 weeks later.
Emily After a month in hospital and a couple of little hiccups, Emily returned to school in September, full of stories about her unusual summer holidays! Emily has been hospitalised a couple of times since the op, she’s had her two dialysis tubes removed but has had a more permanent tube placed in her stomach which she’s fed through every night. Instead of a fluid restriction, Emily has to have a minimum of 2 litres fluid as well as immune-suppressant medication to keep the kidney working. Along with all the other medication and frequent hospital visits Emily takes, her family and friends agree it’s a small price to pay to see such an improvement in her health.
Bethan Atkins

Day 6

June 17th, 2010

mynd 6

With 6 days undertheir belts, they are now truly on the homeward strait. Thankfully Anthony was back to full fitness today, so they were able to motor on again. The weather has been fantastic and fingers crossed should hold until they finish on Sunday.

Today was Manchester to Ludlow ending in what was described as “uncycleable” Long Mynd. Jim didn’t really want to discuss this part so I quickly changed the subject to garage doors instead!

At last we have photos of the boys actually cycling – just to prove they are not sat on a coach all day like those Comic Relief lot!!

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