It had been a long night in the pub, but once you agree to do it you can’t really back out, can you?
As a lifelong Blues fan, I am used to being very uncomfortable in my seat. This is normally because we are either clinging on desperately to a one goal lead in a game we should have won comfortably, or as we are trying to get back into a game we just haven’t turned up for.
However on May 11th, I will be entering into a whole new world of pain. Myself, along with a group of 5 others, take to our bikes and cycle our way from Lands End to John O’Groats as we attempt to raise money for Tommy’s; a charity which funds research into pregnancy problems and provides information to parents to help them through difficult times.
Why Tommy’s? One of our friends’ daughters was born 26 weeks prematurely, weighing about the same as a bag of sugar, and smaller than your hand. Due to the amazing support and research for premature babies, Poppy is now a happy and healthy 7 year old and enjoying her early life. The support provided to her parents at the time was invaluable. Poppy was in hospital for a prolonged period of time, and, even when she was finally well enough to go home, still required medical care in her first year.
The ride is expected to last 12 days covering approximately 75 miles per day. None of us are experienced cyclists, but we are determined to succeed – and of that I have no doubt.
The six of us spent last weekend training up in the Malvern Hills; hard work, but it convinced us we could conquer anything. We have been gifted some great prizes to help with our fund raising, not least by Michael Owen who has kindly sent us a signed 1998 England Shirt, and our £10,000 target is well and truly in sight.
More information can be found about the work Tommy’s do via their official website.