Dear members, players and friends,
In order to be best prepared for the approaching season I decided to take on a new physical challenge this year and applied to take part in the Ride Across Britain as part of my company team. I was lucky enough to be selected and although I am not doing the whole 960 miles in 9 days I will be doing 204 miles and 8605ft of climb from Manchester to Glasgow on Wed 12th & Thurs 13th September. The route will take me through Wigan where I lived many years ago ( and have not returned to!) and then up 7 miles of Shap Fell before a lovely long downhill into Penrith where I get some food and rest before riding another 100 miles north the next day. I really hope I manage to enjoy some of the beautiful scenery rather than just focussing on avoiding the wheel ahead of me and of course I am also hoping for fine weather, a gentle tailwind and no lasting damage to my undercarriage!
Our team of 30 are doing this for ‘fun’ but more importantly to raise money for the British Paralympic Association who are pivotal in getting our Team GB athletes ready for the Paralympics and helping them deliver their lifetimes best performances – if like myself you have been carried along on the wave of Olympic fever in the last couple of weeks you will have seen how much being a part of the London 2012 games means to every athlete and that winning a medal is often the pinnacle of their sporting careers. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to hear from Mandip Sehmi a member of the Paralympic GB wheelchair rugby team ( a particularly vicious sport!) and he told us how his life changed forever following a car accident at 19yrs old, how the BPA managed to get him interested in sport and nurtured his talent to elite level – this will be his third Paralympics. I am also really pleased to have the opportunity to volunteer at the last pre-Paralympics training camp at the end of August where the athletes will make their final preparations and this will be a fascinating insight into what it takes to compete at this level.
The training requires commitment to the cause that I wouldn’t be able to do without Beefy & Oscar spending plenty of ‘quality time’ together while I get the miles in so please support us all and the British Paralympic Association by sponsoring me in my endeavours. This can be via my Just Giving page, cash, cheque or even by text!! Every little helps…
Simply text LEYC91 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070… JustTextGiving is free to you
Many thanks in advance,