Here at Last!

June 12th, 2010


6am this morning and the weather could not be any worse.

I didn’t know Scotland could be like this!

Almost Ready

June 10th, 2010

Hello All

The day is fast approaching. In fact I dropped my bike off at Burtonwood Services today with European Bike Couriers, £90 one way for the bike say 150 bikes on the lorry £13,500 and then the lorry does the return trip- another £13,500. I can get a lorry from Verl to Warrington for less than £2k somebody remind me why I am doing garage doors!!!!

Anyways enough of that- we have good news Emily is getting a new kidney early in July, I’ll let you all know how it goes. Today I came home and Matthew had a little surprise for me a card that everyone in his and Emily’s class had made for me. The pictures are attached.

Finally remember that you can follow the journey on my blog. I am not sure I’ve figured out the mobile technology but if it fails I’ll send pics and text to Ali and she’ll do the update.

Lastly (after finally I know) dig deep and support my cause – children, hospitals what more can I say

Oh actually there is one thing. Speaking to other cyclists handing their bikes in today they said they were raising for various charities and had raised £x amount after they had deducted the cost of the ride ????!!!!!??????!!!. Be clear every penny I have raised is going to Emily/Anderton School and ultimately to Alder Hey.  Hell Alder Hey would owe me money if I deducted the costs of this trip! Thanks again for all your support

Many thanks to everyone who’s supported me and donated to the charity your support is a real motivation. The link below is there for anyone who hasn’t got around to donating but wants to.

Thank you all in advance.

Training Camp

May 7th, 2010

The May Day Bank holiday weekend saw us start the final training push. It was all the threes. Three riders, riding 3 days completing 300 miles. Tough going but we covered some beautiful countryside. Day one we travelled to Kendal by train then we cycled across Kirkstone Pass down into Patterdale. The reason we went to Patterdale was that on the challenge itself we will overnight here and face the climb from Patterdale to Windermere and we wanted to see if we had it in us. We did! Tough but what a thrill, then down the “struggle” on the otherside into Ambleside. Here we found 4 Teckentrup doors fitted to the Lake Districts busiest mountain resue centre. Chamberlain doors fitted these doors and you can see the picture attached- windows look amazing with the reflection of the sky in them. We then head straight down the A6 through Lancaster back to Bolton. On the second day we head northed again by bike through Longbridge to Slaidburn up over some great big hill to Higher Bentham and down into the strange land of the scarecrow festive a place called Wray! It was here I met Postman Pat!- again picture in the gallery We then turn back into Bowland and headed home via Clitheroe – have a look at a map it was mad! On day three we cycled and cycled and cycled and that’s all I can remember. So there you have it 300 miles and some beautiful countryside.

The final training weekend is in Oxford/Chilterns at the end of May i’ll let you know how it goes.

there seems to be a demand for more pictures of me in lycra – I’ll see what i can do – anything for charity!

One last thing that has left me pretty knocked out is your support and generosity with the donations that have been made. Thank you everyone and I promise not to let you down.