So, it was about 8 weeks ago when I started to think of ideas to raise money for my 13 week volunteer manager placement to
In June of this year myself and 3 friends cycled 2500km from Stockhom to
I eventually settled for a cycle challenge of a 10 hour solid ride. It would take place on the well established 7 mile loop around
I gave myself a night to relax 2 days before the ride; a coffee with a friend along the
Facebook came to my rescue with a mate offering to lend me his bike, a very kind gesture and one I very much appreciated. It crossed my mind to postpone or even cancel the ride, taking the evening as a bad omen. However, there’s one sure fire way to get rid of that much frustration and anger- err, cycle for 10 hours..?
The morning came, and someone upstairs must have been listening as the sun was shining. It was baltic cold, but it wasn’t raining and wasn’t too windy. I set off at 8am and cycled until midday when I had some friends join me on my coffee break. Another friend joined me for a couple of loops of the park although his pace tended to be slightly quicker than mine! I had another friend join for the last couple of hours of the day taking me past the hundred mile mark. It was very satisfying to see the miles counting up on my GPS, and to receive messages of encouragement along the way. The JustGiving updates also kept me informed as to when people donated on my page, which was the best encouragement of all.
You’d think I would have high’s and low’s of the day, 10 hours 21 minutes and 108 miles is a long time to be sat on a very hard seat in November. But being honest, I was smiling ear to ear all day. I even had a cheeky smile at the thief who had stolen my bike 2 days beforehand. He had no idea that his actions had such severe implications, but the fact that my friends helped me out and I decided to go ahead anyway made me laugh. I guess if I hadn’t laughed, I’d have probably cried all the way!
The fundraising continues for my trip to
If you’d like to know more about myself or Raleigh International please do not hesitate to get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org). My fundraising page is also still open, and any donations as always are more than appreciated. www.justgiving.com/jon-baguley