What's it all about?

At the end of September 2012 I completed a cycle from Portsmouth 2 Penzance a total of 273 miles! raising money for Children In Need is the Plan. This was also be a personal challenge for me as I haven't been cycling in over 25 years and that was only for fun nothing serious. On top of that have a prolapsed disc, was 46 years old and at the start of 2012 a bit over weight, well lot over weight really, since then I've lost nearly 3 stone! So I opted to do the big one, John O'Groats 2 Lands End on May 6th 2013. The End 2 End or P2P (point to point, as it's sometimes called ) around 1000 miles! This time I had company, Colin, a friend from work, who has said he is as mad as I am and would like to come! This blog contains that story....This event is in memory of the sad passing of my mum on 17th of April this year having lost her fight with terminal Bowel Cancer.

I guess you'd call it the sequel, I have decided it would be just rude not to go back the other way!!! so May 2015, with a new friend, Pete and with Dave driving a support vehicle ( luxury) we plan the classic Lands End to John O'Groats, also known as LEJOG
. Mad ? yes I think we must be.

Me, Colin, Pete and Dave ( Team Jogle4bc )

Me, Colin, Pete and Dave ( Team Jogle4bc )

Revised plans

Due mainly to issues around leave and not being able to get any until end of September ( the Olympics getting in the way ) the aspirations of John O'Groats 2 Lands End are on hold until 2013. I did think that I might get some leave May time but not sure I'd be up to the task by then.
So the revised plan is Portsmouth 2 Penzance approximately 300 miles and complete it in a weeks leave.
First off I'm going to train for the round the IOW cycle in May as my first target.
So far 4 weeks of regular commuting to and from work have gone well ( 4 miles each way ) and the aliments are holding out . Plan to start building in a 10 miler every week and gradually increase this weekly.
there has been quite a bit of interest in this and a local reporter is looking at covering it and  it now looks like a few others from work and friends are also showing some interest..... updates to follow

A moment of madness !

Well it really was. I watched 'Children in Need' and saw Matt cycle a rickshaw down the country and had, 'a moment of madness' a few months later.
"I'm going to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands end for Children in Need" I announced to friends and family. While this is indeed a noble statement there are somethings that were pointed out to me ( amongst the laughter and amazement ) that might get in the way of my ultimate goal.
First off I'm no spring chicken at 46 years old. At 5'11" and 16 stone 2 lb I'm a little over weight. Then there's the fact that at that point I didn't cycle ! well I hadn't really been on a bike for 15- 20 years and even then I was never a regular cyclist. Then there's the other issues, damaged shoulder from 2006 car accident ( never really been sorted gives constant pain) Oh there's the prolapsed disc from last year, which is ongoing, knees aren't so good, ankle op a few years back from a motorbike accident occasionally acts up. Apart from that I should be fine.........

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