31 October 2008

I clearly have too much time on my hands

Carol bought me a nice new Imac & in transferring all my old songs etc over, I clearly have too much time on my hands & was playing with the computer & the route.  I can reveal the route in pictures!  I really must get a life?

Day 1 - 51 miles

Day 2 - 72 miles

Day 3 - 66 miles

Day 4 - 73 miles

Day 5 - 72 miles

Day 6 - 75 miles

Day 7 - 66 miles

Day 8 - 91 miles

Day 9 - 38 miles

Day 10 - 83 miles

Day 11 - 97 miles

Day 12 - 90 miles

Looks easy doesn't it?!?!?  There is still time if you want to do it.  Email me at pc.clare@gmail.com

30 October 2008

2009 Route

Dear reader

I have been working too many long hours, but managed last night with the aid of google maps to plan the route.  Apart from Devon & Cornwall it's virtually the same route but I have added 2 extra days.

The 12 days are

Lands End to St Austell         51 miles
St Austell to Exeter           72 miles
Exeter to Bristol             66 miles
Bristol to Worcester        73 miles
Worcester to Crewe         72 miles
Crewe to Lancaster          75 miles
Lancaster to Carlisle        66 miles
Carlisle to Kilmarnock       91 miles
Kilmarnock to Balloch       38 miles
Balloch to Fort William      83 miles
Fort William to Inverness  67 miles
Inverness to John O'Groats 120 miles

It's a daunting thought again, but I really enjoy it last year.  The last day we will not be doing 120 miles, the day before we shall ride past Inverness over the Black Island to Tain.  That will leave us with about 90 miles to do into John O'Groats.  Oh how I am looking forward to Helmsdale already (It's worse that the north face of the Eiger!)

The cold winter months are now fast approaching,so there will not be many long rides & I will spending longer in the gym or even out running with the 'Soup Dragon'

I have deliberately kept day 9 short, to allow a bit of a lie in & then only about 3 hours cycling. We have the high lands of Scotland to go over & to be honest you need a bit of an easy day.

24 October 2008

It just keeps falling

Training this week has been a bit disappointing, I have managed 4 spin classes, but alas no rides. I was supposed to cycle to Ashford on Thursday but my cycling partner couldn't make it, so I cut the grass instead!!

Carol & I have done our circuit tonight & we have shaved almost another minute off the time, 3.71KM in 28'09" at an average speed of 7'35" per KM.

I also want to dispel any rumours Carol looks nothing like Max Wall in her running trousers!

22 October 2008

New record

Carol & I did the run again & managed to shave over 2 mins off the time!!

3.73 km in 28'52" at an average speed per KM of 7'44"

Of course the real test is the cycling & tomorrow Nathan & I are off to Ashford after I have done a spin class at 6.45am

Nikki is running from London to Brighton with 15 others carrying public order shields....silly buggers.  They are not running all the way, doing 1 km without a shield, 1 km with & then resting until it's there turn next.  I think I'll prefer to cycle?

Sandra on the other hand is running in the Dublin marathon this weekend & people have asked me why I am starting my serious training early!!

21 October 2008

Training update

I thought I would try & vary my training regime for next year & I apart from the riding & spin classes I am incorporating running into my schedule.  It's fair to say that I am not a natural runner having snapped my anterior cruciate ligament at work, I went from 12 stone to over 20 in a very short period of time.  I have actually played all 15 positions in competitive rugby matches.  

Carol (Long suffering wife AKA 'The Soup Dragon') & I donned our new running shoes & went out for a run.  I saw this as the perfect opportunity to buy the nike running attachment for my ipod.

We ran 3.68 Km in 31.02 minutes which to be frank is awful.  Our average speed was 8'26" per KM.  I would like to blame Carol for stopping & walking all the time, but I can't as I was just as bad!!  We now have something to do together in the evening instead of sitting in-front of the goggle-box.  I am aiming to do the run in 20 mins (I think that may take a few months?)

Still spinning & planning to cycle to Ashford on Thursday with Nathan.  

17 October 2008

This years charities

Dear all

I have chosen the charities I am supporting next year for LEJOG.  It will come as no surprise that I have again chosen COPS & I have chosen a slightly different cancer charity this year which is MacMillan Nurses.  Again both worthy causes & both very much dependent on donations to keep going.  I have set up 2 'just giving' accounts, which you can donate on via the right side of the page.  I have also included details of the high interest savings account where money can be transfered into

I know that I have collared most of you over the past year, but isn't it better to give than to receive?!?!

Thanks for your support to come!!

13 October 2008

The official start for 2009

Today was the official start for the 2009 LEJOG,  I was joined by the newest confirmed member of team plod (Carol, The Soup Dragon has come up with the name & thinks it hysterical & basically if I want my shirts ironed & sausages in onion gravy I have to use it). The newest team member is Sandra who I have been on many rides before with. We cycled to Folkestone today for a bit of fun.  I would however qualify that the last hill from Sandgate to Folkestone is not my idea of fun & for the first time since Devon my heart rate went above 100% of it's maximum.  It looked so flat on the map?

The weather was remarkable, fine, dry, no winds & warm are we really in October??

Sandra & her new bike

After nearly 70 miles a well deserved pint

On a cold platform waiting for the worlds slowest train (2 hours to Orpington).  Sandra has stolen all my peanuts by this time & was looking very pleased with herself!!

Facts of the ride

Total distance covered 67.7 miles
Calories burnt 3865
Average Speed 13.7 mph
Top Speed 35.8 mph
Average Heart beat 80% maximum or 143 bpm
Maximum 101% of maximum or 181 bpm

12 October 2008

The final post

Dear all

This will be the final post for the 2008 LEJOG!

The final totals for the charities (which after all was the the aim of the cause) are as follows

COPS £1185.00

Prostate Cancer £1225.00

Breast Cancer Campaign £1038.00

Garda Survivors Support Assoc. £818.00

RUC Benevolent Fund £838.00

The grand total was  £5104.00

Nikki has raised nearly £2000 for MacMillan Nurses

A big thank you again for your support & donations, thank you to Nikki & Alan for joining me & thank you to Endura who were the only company of the 150 I wrote to who sponsored me & most of all to Carol for driving the car, feeding us & doing our washing xx

Now I am going to do it again & I am still to decide what charities, but next year it will be called

Le Tour de plod !

I have a number of people at work interested & we are planning to do it again so this blog is now for the 2009 LEJOG!!

3 October 2008

A hugh thank you

Dear all

On behalf of Nikki, Alan & I can I just thank you all for your generosity since we started training for this event.  Today I was at a meeting & was given another £200 for our endeavors, which brings the total for the charities Alan & I concentrated on to over £5,000.  I know that Nikki has nearly £2,000

This is testimony to our many friends who have supported us & made all the suffering worth while.  

Am I still considering doing it next year ?....... you bet & will be soon sending out an email to see who wants to join me.  If you are interested please email me on pc.clare@gmail.com

It's bloody hard work, but an absolute scream & you get an enormous sense of self satisfaction when you finish

To Ashford again

In a determined bid to keep the cycling going Gavin & I cycled to Ashford which is about 50 miles away.  The weather was a novelty for me as it was fine, dry & no strong wind!

Gavin maintained his tradition on these events & managed to eat & drink nearly all the way there, we even stopped at a transport cafe so he could have an egg banjo!

I've never seen an egg banjo disappear so quickly!

Not even time to remove his helmet before tucking into his pasty!

Dreaming of kebabs, fish & chips & Ginsters, but why is he wearing tights?

2 October 2008

National Police Memorial Service

Last weekend Carol & I went to the National Police Memorial Service in Liverpool with Jim Noonan the Chair of the MPS Emerald Society.  I was able to present some more cheques from your sponsorship.  We met some interesting people there!!

Me, Sir Ronnie Flannigan, Jim Noonan & Dermot O'Donnell (Founder of GSSA)

Jim Noonan, Sir Ian Blair, Me & Dermot O'Donnell

The cycling continues & today (after I get back from the gym) I am again cycling to Folkestone with Gavin.........I wonder just how hard it will rain today??