This weekend was the last training weekend for the Paddle2Pedal GM Fundraising team before we begin the main event in just 2 weeks time! As always I’ve attached some photos from the weekend so you can see how we’re getting on.
We went to see Hope House Childrens Hospice, which the event is in support of, on Friday and had the privilege of meeting some of the children who rely on the facility and the amazing team who work there. The charity requires £6,000,000 each year to stay open and the Government funds just £1,000,000 of that – leaving the rest to be raised every year by events like this and personal supporters. After the emotional but inspiring morning we then did a really tough 12 mile cycle that included some serious climbs – 1000ft in total – and a beautiful rest stop in Ironbridge – under the bridge one session, over it the next!
Saturday we covered 20.1 miles on the canoe (our furthest yet!) in the same time it took us to cover 12 miles 2 training sessions ago – showing just how far our team has come in such a short space of time and how much work everyone is putting in. We got both soggy and sunburnt – I guess that’s Britain for you!
On Sunday we were then off on the road for 8am again and this time covered 51 miles on the bikes – a few scrapes and bruises but again the distance and stamina showed how far the team had come on our longest team ride yet. I took a tumble this time due to not stopping fast enough and thought I’d really injured myself when I found the next chunk torturous – until I realised that my brake had been stuck on for the last 5 miles! Fortunately with that fixed the last 20 miles were manageable!
Thanks so much again to everyone that’s already sponsored me, it really does give the challenge a completely different perspective and motivation knowing so many people are behind us!
For anyone that would like to support this amazing charity and our efforts we are so close now to our fundraising target and all donations are very much appreciated. With just 2 weeks to go I’m feeling the pressure to hit my personal target too! Donations can be made through my Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/daviesp2p
If you’d like to stay updated during the event (20-26 August) the best way is to like the GM Fundraising Facebook account or follow them on Twitter.
Hopefully next time you hear from me it will be to report a very successful and safe event finished! Then I’m going to lie on a beach for a week!
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