London to Paris bike ride 2013Pers

Last year I took part in the London to Paris bike ride. It was that much fun that I wanted to do it again. Not only that, I wanted to get others involved and raise some money for our adopted charity 353. If I have not mentioned the charity to you before then have a look at this short film. More blogs about 353 and Conrad are here, here, here and here. So this year I coerced 6 friends to join me. Now they were not all cyclists, some had not cycled since childhood. These were busy individuals like me, running businesses and devoting time to families, so finding the time to train was also a huge commitment. Together across the seven of us we needed to lose the weight of Kylie Minogue, just to make it to the start line and have a reasonable chance of completing the 325 miles in just 3 days.

So all was going to plan until my training was rudely interrupted in March following a tummy upset that resulted in mildly invasive surgery. So absolutely no running or cycling for me for at least six weeks and all hopes of leading the team to a triumphant arrival beneath the Eiffel Tower were dashed. So with no hope of taking part, my eldest daughter stepped forward to take my place. Although Lucy is a student and should have plenty of time to train, that just isn’t true when you are a 2nd year medical student with your “must pass” end of year exams taking place only one week before the event. You can see her above on a turbo-trainer whilst studying for her exams. Such dedication.

So I will just cut to the chase now. Could you sponsor her please? Along with six other ex-mates of her dad, who have struggled through 6 months of training. They all hate me now! Two have been knocked off their bikes by cars trying to train for this event so far. It has been a massive ask and I would love to show them their efforts have been rewarded. Could you please log on to the site here and give what you can, even if it is only £3.53. Alternatively if you would rather send a cheque to the office made payable to “Friends of 353” I would be eternally grateful.

If you can’t manage to sponsor the team for this, no worries because I will be back (with Lesley) running the Paras 10 in September.

Thank you.