It all started with a quiet drink after work, you can almost guess the rest! I woke up Saturday morning, realised what I’d agreed to, took a deep breath, then went and bought some padded shorts!
The Challenge – 10-days, 100-miles a day, up to 9-hours on a s
addle per day to travel a total distance of 1002 miles from John O’Groats to Lands’ End, via Basingstoke.
So is this a mid-life crisis?
….probably, but I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunities to now run three companies in the South and South West, MiniTec (modular aluminium profile systems), LG Motion (motion control solutions) and Precision Acoustics (ultrasound testing equipment) and I’m in reasonable working order, so why not? I’ve been training since October 2015, but really stepped it up since March 2016 as the scale of the challenge started to dawn on me. Easily the most gruelling and arduous physical challenge I’ve ever done.
Known as JOGLE16, is a Team of middle-aged-men-in-lycra (MAMIL) on a mission to raise at least £20,000 for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity as part of the £5million towards the much needed cancer treatment centre. The centre is to be built by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in north Hampshire, integrating conventional and supportive cancer care for local people under one roof in an uplifting environment that will enhance the care and support that is given.
I join a team of five, who will be cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End between July 2nd and 12th. The route, however, has been made slightly harder as we take a detour via Basingstoke to thank the huge support from local people and businesses across the town. We will all join together in a fundraising party at The Tea Bar on Friday 8th July to celebrate the first 700 miles, before The Team of five becomes a Team of thirteen to cycle the remaining 300 miles – all to support Ark Cancer Centre Charity.
“It’s a fact of life, cancer will affect each of our lives in someway. Some have happy endings, some don’t. This is for friends and family, past, present and future.”
Full details about this event, including the route can be found on JOGLE16 and the team would be very grateful for any support that can be given.
Thank you 🙂