FINAL PRE-RIDE UPDATE: LANDS END TO JOHN O’GROATS

As you may be aware, I’m now only a few days away from the beginning of my Lands End-John O’Groats solo ride attempt, so I thought it was about time I updated you all on progress to date:

  • I’m now physically recovered after being hit by a car on the A34 bypass, and have replaced my written-off bike & most of the kit.
  • I’ve been training “fully loaded” with all of the kit I will be taking, even whilst on hols in the hilly Dordogne.

All accommodation & travel arrangements are now confirmed, including some generous offers of accommodation from Airangel clients (very much appreciated!)

To increase the challenge, I am attempting to ride this “unaided” – I will cycle alone and without the help of a support vehicle, the length of Britain. So! It’s just down to me now, getting on my bike and turning pedals for 13 days, climbing 80% of the height of Mount Everest (over 23,000 feet!) and over 900 miles.

I hope you can take the time to read up on the charities and keep in touch with me throughout the ride by following me on here, on twitter @chrisairey, & for those “in the know”, via my personal social accounts!

My route is as follows:

I’m hoping that the ride will allow me to raise awareness and donations for the charities below, so would hope that during the ride, I’ll be seeing donations coming through for both. It would certainly spur me on, when my heads down and the wind’s in my face!

CHILDREN LIVING WITH INHERITED METABOLIC DISEASES

WWW.CLIMB.ORG.UK

Donate at: http://www.Justgiving.com/ChrisLEJOGChallenge
(Registered Charity in England & Wales: 1089588)

I have personally been involved with this charity since 1995, through friends who lost their daughter to a rare yet curable metabolic disease. Such diseases are so rare that individually, it’s difficult to gain the required focus on research and support, hence the coordinated efforts of CLIMB.

CLIMB is a national organisation working on behalf of children, young people, adults and families affected by metabolic disease. The National Information Centre for Metabolic Diseases is part of the Climb Group.  Climb (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases) is the United Kingdom’s foremost provider of free metabolic disease information to young people, adults, families, professionals and other interested groups.

Their vision is to provide Metabolic Disease specific information, advice and support to children, young people, adults, families and professionals in the United Kingdom and to provide information and support to families worldwide, to fund educational and primary research programmes and to investigate treatments and medical services.

MILLIES TRUST

WWW.MILLIESTRUST.COM

Donate at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/chrislejogchallenge
(Registered Charity in England and Wales: 1151410)

Millies Trust was established following the loss of the daughter of a friend and former work colleague.

Joanne & Dan Thompson, Millie’s parents, co-founded Millie’s Trust together on December 16th 2012 following the passing of their beautiful 9 month old daughter following a tragic choking incident whilst at nursery. As parents, they believe that first aid should be an essential part of your knowledge whether you are a parent or the carer of a child.

Millies Trust want to help people feel confident about administering first aid if you ever find yourself in a situation that you need to use it in. They aim to raise funds to promote Paediatric First Aid awareness and provide courses to those who could not otherwise afford them or know where to look for them.

That’s as much as I need to update you all on right now, so my next post will be as part of my attempt!

Wish me luck and help me keep turning those pedals!

All’t Best,

Chris

27th August 2013

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