27 July 2007

The Route

The record for this is an incredible 41 hours, 22 mins & 2 seconds. I think it will take me between 8 to 10 days & I hope to cycle around 80 to 90 miles a day.

I've been looking on the internet & there are a large number of people who have done this route, reading their websites you get the impression how hard this is. (note to self, engage brain before mouth in future!)

I have had two other officers offer to ride with me, this could turn into a team time trial!!

Off out for a cycle now

The start

Well here I am 40 & fat or should that read fat & 40? Either way I am the same percentage of fat as a pork scratching & I have decided that I need to do something about it before I go to an early grave. Being 20 stone is no fun, especially when you can't get clothes to fit you in high street shops.

This blog is going to tell how I am preparing to cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats in July 2008 for charity. I have chosen 5 charities which are:

Care of Police Survivors (www.ukcops.org/)

RUC Widows & Orphans (www.rucbenevolentfund.org)

Garda Siochana Widows & Orphans

Breast Cancer (www.breastcancercampaign.org)

Prostate Cancer (www.prostate-cancer.org.uk)

The 5 chosen charities were easy. You can probably tell my profession from the first 3!!. I am currently a Senior Investigating Officer with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), where I investigate fatal road traffic collisions. I am also the secretary of the MPS Emerald Society (www.mpsemeralds.org.uk) which is a staff association for officers & police staff of Irish decent. Hence why I feel it is important to include the PSNI & Garda.

I am also keen to help the charities that support widows & orphans. I have lost friends & colleagues in recent years at work; Pc Tony Haines was killed in March 2001 in a collision & more recently Pc Chris Jefford died of a brain tumor in December 2005. Both very sadly missed

Cancer is a disease that will effect everyone in someway throughout their lives. My mother had breast cancer 4 years ago & thankfully she was cured. In the past 3 weeks I have seen 2 of my friends buried for prostate cancer.

Over the next few weeks I will try to get some corporate sponsorship for the ride (Bike, Helmet, clothing etc), start a training programme & start training!!

Did you know that you can get a cheap bike to ride to work on via a Government Scheme called ride to work?

I would also like to dispel rumors early I have not tested positive for dope, I must be a dope for agreeing to doing थिस however, there is good chance I could test positive for marmite which will really impress my wife as she hates the stuff!!