Well I’ve done it. Thankfully (I think!) I entered LEL as soon as entries opened. The event sold out (about 1000 places I believe) in a little over 12 hours, with many being left disappointed. For the uninitiated it’s an audax run event that takes the rider over 1400km from London to Edinburgh and back again. As if that weren’t bad enough, there is a time limit of 116 hours in which to complete the journey, which means pushing nearly 200 miles a day. It’s one hell of a challenge, and although I’m looking forward to it, I know it will be hugely difficult and so will be training intensively over the next 6 or 7 months. The route can be seen below
There are a series of controls that provide food and beds, although these are in school halls, and I imagine the combined snoring of 200 or so cyclists might be somewhat disturbing!
In 2010 I rode Lands End to John o’ Groats in aid of The Christie charity. In 2011 I rode London to Brussels in 24 hours in aid of the British Heart Foundation. I had a break from any personal charity events in 2012 but I’d decided that if I was successful in entering I’d ride this for charity.
I’d come across KidsCan on their cycling events, and for a small charity been impressed by them immensely. It’s a great charity doing great work. There’s some more information below.
So if you feel like sponsoring me there is a link to the right to my sponsorship site, or you can use old-fangled text message donations by texting LELA67 and an amount (e.g. £10) to 70070.
Thanks in advance
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