By the time you read this, I will be on the way to Penzance by train, looking forward to the first of nine nights under canvas, snoring gently with 699 other slightly bonkers cyclists, together with a supporting entourage who will feed, massage and cajole us all the way to John O Groats, some 969 miles north.
We will set out at 7am on Saturday morning (6th September), a vision of lycra! The weather forecast looks ok, in parts, but I am sure we will see elements of all four seasons as we journey north.
Why am I doing this?
A very good question, which I have asked myself on a number of occasions as I have pedaled around Hertfordshire putting in training miles, latterly brilliantly supported by Alasdair McMillin, Sherrards’ Managing Partner.
Over three years, more than £1.2m has been raised for the British Paralympic association and other charities. James Hickey, the chief executive of our international alliance (Alliot Group) and I have already received sponsorship approaching £4,000, and we would like to raise much more for the charities that we are supporting.
We all have been touched by the devastation of cancer, both family and friends. I lost one of my oldest friends early this year and my nephew, who lives in Redbourn, is currently having chemo for lymphoma. So please help Sherrards’ chosen charity, Rennie Grove.
Please note – since this blog post was written, Andy has successfully completed two stages of the ride, and spent last night in a bed (yes, not a tent) at the University of Bath, as part of a special treat provided by the organisers.