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 )

Am I in trouble? ...i've got a doctors note for that

I woke up this morning ( sounds like the start of a song doesn't it) Anyway, today was not such a good day for the old back. Started getting a few spikes of sciatic pain over the last few days and my shoulder has been giving me trouble for a long while. So time to break out the drugs again Naproxen, as i've been taken off the Diclofenac, as there's concerns of heart attacks with long term use.... now they tell me! Probably a good thing though as i'm sure i'll already be at higher risk having seen some of the hills on the map. Well, this led me to think should I contact UADA? (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) I don't want any of you saying i'm a doping cheat and calling me Lance! So I did some digging and can across this list:


where it states 

"This Product can be used for the following complaints/illnesses:
inflammation, pain, anti-inflammatory, back-pain, tendinitis, arthritis"

This is with the proviso


This list is a reference source for licensed medical products according to the latest IOC (International Olympic Committee) guidelines. Some food supplements are included, but verified information on ingredients of most supplements is very hard to obtain.
Medicines and supplements may change in appearance, content and banned status from time to time, and some organisations may have more stringent rules for their own sport.
If you are in any doubt, consult with your group medical officer."

Well i've got a note from my doctor.....surely thats good enough isn't it?   ;-)

Route Change

Ok, there's been a slight change in course/route. I've been having really difficulties getting a B&B in Hatherleigh   which was the end stop of day 10( tried 3 either don't exist anymore or didn't get back to me ) So i've switch the route to end a little further north in Great Torrington and contacted a B&B there and bingo we're in. Only one place left to sort a B&B and thats Weston-SuperMare and that a case of spoilt for choice!

Made the news!

Well got a small article in todays Daily Echo. There is a small issue with article, as they have me doing it the wrong way round, as I'm going John O'Groats to Lands End but still hope it will generate a few more sponsors. Not sure the prolapse disc is entirely accurate as it's more of a disc bulge ( less serious ) but it still gets the old sciatic nerve going more often than i'd like!