May 27, 2009
Rob Hurcomb, James Moore and David Harris have been in touch to say that they’e riding the West Highland Way non-stop this weekend, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Help for Heroes.
David tells us:
It’s 95 miles and 14,000ft of climbing, with a calorie burn of 10,000kcal (which I have calculated is a LOT of flapjack). We will be setting off from Fort William at 4am next Saturday, and with a bit of luck arriving in Milngavie, near Glasgow about 23hrs or so later. I have just finished my last training ride – a mini-epic in the Yorkshire Dales – and the packing of kit and carbo-loading starts here. Although I am feeling pretty fit I am still having nightmares about carrying my bike over the four miles of stacked boulders alongside Loch Lomond, in the dark. To make that bit easier my bike is jeyer than it has ever been (I can’t believe I’m riding 1.95s for the first time this century). I think I might write ‘Macmillan’ and ‘Help for Heroes’ on my bars to provide a bit of motivation.
Macmillan Cancer Care did a great job helping to look after my Mum all the way back in 2002 – it is more than time I tried to repay the favour. They provide nursing and palliative care that is invaluable to help families cope with cancer. You can click here to donate online via Justgiving.com, which is completely secure and sends donations directly to Macmillan.
Help for Heroes helps provide for those that are injured while serving their country. At the moment this country does not provide properly for them, and some very brave but horrifically injured people rely on support from this charity. You can click here if you would like to donate to Help for Heroes via Justgiving.com.
We hope that you can spare something for one of these good causes (both of them are pretty close to home), we would be very grateful indeed for anything donated. Thanks already to everyone who has helped us to get to almost £2000 raised already, to Cycle Republic in York for donating energy fuel for the event and The Hub in The Forest at Glentress for help with lights. And wish us luck – it’s a long way!